NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1001728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Calculating Puddle Size
Burton, Megan; Mims, Patricia
Teaching Children Mathematics, v18 n8 p474-480 Apr 2012
Learning through meaningful problem solving is integral in any successful mathematics program (Carpenter et al. 1999). The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) promotes the use of problem solving as a means to deepen understanding of all content areas within mathematics (NCTM 2000). This article describes a first-grade lesson that uses the multifaceted problem of measuring a puddle to explore students' conceptions and prior knowledge of measurement, measurement tools, and relationships among the measurement attributes. The goals addressed in this investigation include assessing initial understanding of measurement. More specifically, the authors sought to determine the measurable attributes of a puddle that students identified, and which units and processes of measurement they recognized. (Contains 4 figures.)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-3702; Fax: 703-476-2970; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A