Yesterday, we read the book, Measuring Penny, by Loreen Leedy. It is great book illustrating the many different ways you can measure something. It is an engaging story about a girl measuring her dog in many different ways. I had anticipated using it to encourage more measuring fun.
I was pleasantly surprised that immediately after reading it, M wanted to not only measure, but measure our dog Porter, just like the story. M used the book as a guide. What I liked best about the book was the easy discussion between standard and nonstandard units of measure (inches versus dog biscuits, for instance).
Porter was a good sport.
Nose Length = 4 inches (unit = inch)
Tail Length = 14 inches (unit = inch)
Ear Length = 1.5 dog bones (unit = dog bone)
Paw Width = 5 cm (unit = cm)
Sitting Height = 27 inches (unit = inch)
Afterwards, we read, Me and the Measure of Things, by Joan Sweeney. This provided a more thorough discussion of weights and measures in our daily lives.
I borrowed both books from the library, but I am adding them to our “To Buy” list, as they would be great to have around whenever the kids are inspired to measure.
And today, I realized we had one more library book about measuring. So we read, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni, a cute story about an inchworm measuring birds to avoid being eaten.