General principles of measurement, metric system:
Close enough : estimating
1 VHS videocassette, 15 minutes
All measurement is approximate. You need more or less accuracy at different times, so choose the right tool.
Measurement / National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
1 VHS videocassette, 15 minutes. Grade K 1 2 3
The monsters come to the conclusion that a standard measurement is very important. Students will recognize the attributes of length and area, explore the making and use of measurements in natural situations, measure with the same size unit (standard and non-standard), and observe the use of tools such as rulers to guide measurement.
Bill Nye General Science: Measurement / Patterns
1 VHS videocassette 52 minutes, 2 teachers guides
Measurements- 26 minutes- illustrates the importance of standard units of measure and shows the relationship between units of length, area, volume, and mass.
Patterns- 26 minutes- introduces the concept of repetition in patterns, recognizes patterns in daily life and examines how patterns lead to an understanding of the world around us.
1 DVD, 23 minutes, includes teacher's guide
English and Spanish language track available on DVD.
Kids experiment with non-standard measurement and discover the value of using standard units like those found in the U.S. Customary System and the Metric System. Includes using tools like a ruler, balance scales and thermometers.
Measuring Land and Water
1 VHS videocassette 12 minutes
Explains how measurement is used to find direction and distance.
1 VHS videocassette 15 minutes. Grade Level: 3 - 12
Explains the history, meaning and use of the metric system of measurements. Compares metric and U.S. measurements. Includes opinions and questions to stimulate research.
1 VHS videocassette, 8 minutes
Provides an introduction to the different methods and devices that have been used throughout history to determine length.
Linear Measurement Kit
30 tape measures, primary ruler kit, trundle wheel in customary units (non-metric) and 35 four-scale rulers.
Tools for primary and intermediate classrooms for making linear measurements.
Measured steps : measuring length
1 VHS videocassette, 15 minutes
Discusses a variety of ways to measure length.
Seaside Measure Mat
A 42" x 76" floor mat designed to help students practice measuring length, area and volume. Can be used by 6 students.
Sidewalk Measure Mat
42" x 76" floor mat designed to help students practice measuring length, area and volume.
1 VHS videocassette, 9 minutes
Provides an introduction to the different methods and devices that have been used throughout history to determine weight.
Volume Measurement Kit
18 piece set for customary volume measurement (measuring cups and spoons), set of 5 metric graduated beakers, and liter cube with lid.
Tools for primary and intermediate classrooms for making volume measurements.
1 demonstration thermometer, 1 classroom thermometer, 30 thermometers, and 1 overhead thermometer.
Tools for primary and intermediate classrooms for reading thermometers and measuring temperature.
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