As an extension of our measurement unit we have been learning about perimeter, which is the distance around a figure. We practiced measuring a variety of objects in the classroom and are now working to the 1/2 and 1/4 of an inch.
We combined this math unit with social studies through our investigation of the housing commonly used in the Northeast 500 years ago. Today, along with Fatima’s class, we measured the perimeter of an imaginary Longhouse that was 28 yards long and 4 yards wide. We translated this to feet and were able to figure out that the perimeter of the space was 156 feet. A lively discussion followed weighing the pros and cons of communal living in a home with no closets, running water, central heat or electricity.
Back in the classroom, the group made a list of the steps in involved in making this activity happen, procedural writing, and then wrote and drew about it. Having the opportunity to include so many different skills and areas of study in one activity made for a memorable experience for all of us.
At home you might want to practice some measuring with your child. You can ask them to estimate the length and perimeter of some common household objects like a book, spoon or their bed. They can go back and check their estimation with a ruler to see how close they came. You might want to join them to see who comes the closest. Have fun!