About This Daily Classroom Special
Each week Homework
Hotline will suggest homework assignments aimed at grades K-1 and
2-3. Homework Hotline was written by Buzz
Eyler, Director of Educational Technology at the Orcutt School District ( CA) and a former Teachers Network web mentor.
To the Homework
This week the homework will center on measurement activities. The activities are appropriate for K-3, except as noted. Feel free to copy, cut and paste the assignments into your own word processor for sending home (or print this page).
Day 1 Give each child a piece of string approximately two feet long. Ask them to find five (5) things in or around the child's home that are exactly the same length. K-1 students have the parents do the writing, grades 2-3 should be encouraged to do their own writing.
Day 2 Each child finds one object around the house that he/she can hold in one hand. The child then finds and records the names of three objects that can be held in the other hand that are heavier and three things that are lighter. Have the list of items brought to school (not the real items).
Day 3 Have a discussion at school about measurement by counting paces (steps) to determine distance. On the attached Estimate Form have each child write what he/she thinks is the distance between his/her bedroom and the kitchen, the bathroom and the mailbox. Send the form with the estimate on it home to record the actual distances which should be returned tomorrow. Use the figures in a variety of ways for graphing, etc. If you have kindergarteners who cannot count very high yet, have the parents count each step.
Day 4 Give each child an empty container in which they are to put any number of objects. These containers will be kept at school and each week the children will estimate how many objects are in one of them. Containers could be peanut butter jars, plastic ziplock bags, etc. AVOID GLASS. Objects put in the containers should not be perishable. To the sample letter to parents.