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Taking A Closer Look At Measurement – Using Teacher Read Alouds Of Nonfiction To Develop Students’ Measurement Sense, Elana Joram, Faith Garcia
Many students think of measurement as a set of procedures, for example, lining up a ruler with an object, and stating the number on the ruler that corresponds with one end of the object. This may be one reason that measurement is typically one of the weakest areas of mathematical achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (Struchens, Martin, & Kenney, 2003). To combat students’ weaknesses in measurement, we suggest that in the early grades they need to develop a feel for standard measurement units, such as inches and feet, and become familiar with real world referents that correspond to those units in magnitude (Joram, 2003; Joram, Gabriele, Gelman & Subrhamanyam, 2005). Hope (1989) notes that developing knowledge of a wide variety of everyday referents for measurements (e.g., doorways are about 2 meters in height) is foundational to number sense in the arena of measurement, or ...