ERIC Number: ED188918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
An Introduction to Linear Measurement With the Metric System. Preliminary Edition.
Pattison, Sylvia J.; Griffiths, Richard W.
This book is designed as a report and an in-service tool for teachers of grades K-6. It is built around the idea that the standard textbook treatment of metric measurement gives rise to many misconceptions among primary grade children. This report is a record of the development of alternative methods for introducing measuring activities to first-grade children. Sections of the book are organized by clusters of related problem-solving activities and strategies. The major sections are titled: Size Discrimination; Non-standard Units of Measurement; and Measuring with Standard Units. The objectives are: (1) to be able to use a unit of measure with reasonable accuracy; (2) to record results of observations in several forms; (3) to estimate with increasing accuracy; (4) to give reasons to support estimates; (5) to choose an appropriate instrument for the measuring task; and (6) to transfer learnings to the system of imperial measures. (MP)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Experiential Learning, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Manipulative Materials, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Measurement, Mental Computation, Metric System, Problem Solving, Resource Materials, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.
Note: Prepared through the Project on Elementary School Mathematics and Science.