One Fut.

1 Sep

The great thing about homeschooling is that your “plan” is flexible.  Today’s lesson had nothing to do with measurement, but at breakfast, my son was asking lots of questions about how big things were.  I said that something was, “one foot” and he responded with a comment about it being an actual foot…as in, with toes.  So, I started to explain what it meant and before you know it, my “lesson plan” had gone from, Little Red Riding Hood to measuring toys.

1. We had a discussion about various measuring tools and why it was important to measure things some times.

2. We measured a few things together and talked about making sure that the ruler was facing the right way (measuring from one instead of 12).

3. I drew a “blank ruler” on the page and had him fill in the inches.

4. Next, he wrote, “One Fut (foot…incase you didn’t figure that out).”

5. He has some background knowledge of fractions, but he’s never written it out before.  So, we talked more about fractions and I explained how to write it and why we write it like that.  Because one half is one of the two equal parts.  We also discussed the two ways that people write “inches.”  Both in letters and with the (“) symbol.  He decided he wanted to alternate the different ways to write inches.

6. He looked around the room and decided what things he wanted to measure and I wrote it down.Here, he learned that he had to have the item at the bottom of the ruler in order to get an accurate measurement.  When you are working one-on-one, there is so much discussion happening.  As a teacher/parent, you are constantly assessing.  That assessment is pretty crystal clear when you have the opportunity to explain your thought process as you’re figuring things out.  After he was finished, he couldn’t believe that the little giraffe was actually taller than the glue stick.  So, I told him to measure to double check.  It was a great practical application for him.  He got a kick out of the fact that he was wrong.His little sister was having a great time measuring him while he was going around measuring things.  She’s been a pretty good sport about all the attention he’s getting.  Generally, we try to include her as much as possible and then she lets us work together when we need to.Here’s what we ended up with.


4 Responses to “One Fut.”

  1. beth September 1, 2011 at 8:24 AM #

    fut… teehee.
    apparently he’s really good at writing the # 5.

    • Elei September 3, 2011 at 10:23 AM #

      That’s funny. He just asked me how to write it this week and I thought the same thing.

  2. ontai September 3, 2011 at 7:28 AM #

    I saw his notebuk yesterday and noticed the “fut” I was impressed!


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