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Hi,

 

I am an NQT and I have an observation coming up. I am going to do a whole class maths input followed by a focus activity. That week the children will be introduced to measures and ordering two/three objects by length/height. I want the children to have some objects to measure/order so that it is kept as practical as possible. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas of how I could link this to Christmas. Our topic this half term is celebrations but obviously in the next few weeks we are focusing on Christmas and I would like to link the lesson to Christmas if possible. I am just stuck for ideas! I did think looking at different length scarfs could be good?

 

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Hi Livelaughlove, welcome to the forum :D:D

Measuring the amount of wrapping paper needed for various objects, measuring tying ribbon, matching wrapped parcels to a range of objects by size, length, shape, posting letters of different sizes either into various sized slots or by folding into halves or quarters.

Tinsel for the tree, scarves for the snowmen,

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Making paper chains. If you provided strips of paper of different lengths, children could make paper chains and compare the number of links needed to make the chain the same length as a table top or similar. You could compare Christmas stockings. Belts for Father Christmas.

Do think carefully about want you are trying to achieve though and your learning objective to focus your activities appropraitely. Language of length can be quite confusing, I always used to tell the children that long was on the floor and tall was up to the ceiling to try and avoid confusion but we dont talk about tall curtains!

You dont initially need to use a standard measure, its more about language and comparing. Although you are not thinking about weight at the moment, a common misconception is that things are not heavy if the children can pick them up!

Good luck and have fun!

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Thanks for the ideas guys!

 

Susan - Thanks for your comment, I have been trying to clarify what I want the children to learn as I want to make sure my lesson is focused. I was thinking on focusing just on length not to mix length and height so like you said things along the floor. I was also planning on just sticking to comparisons of objects and the language used eg short long shortest longest. However how would I differentiate this? I was thinking about asking the higher ability to begin to use a non-standard measure e.g hands,cubes or a piece of ribbon to use to find things longer/shorter than. However am I then confusing the objective? I am genuinely unsure as to if this would be an extension or straying off into something which should be kept entirely separate. If anyone has any advice on this it would be very helpful!

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