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ERIC Number: EJ793994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
You Could Never Find This in a Shop!: Using Measurement Skills to Make Pencil Cases
Goral, Mary Barr; Gilderbloom, Patty
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v13 n1 p23-27 2008
Measurement is a mathematics skill students encounter often in their daily lives. The act of measuring involves the use of concrete, hands-on materials that students find engaging and appealing. According to Martinie (2004), the best way to teach measurement "is to find or create situations in which students need to measure and let them experience this process." Preston and Thompson (2004) concur that "the most fundamental aspect of measurement is the act of measuring.". In this article, the authors provide an insight into a Grade 5 classroom where students were involved in a real-world project that enhanced their measurement skills. The authors state that, when elementary age children are presented with measurement activities as something they can engage in rather than simply watch, the experience for them provides involvement and enjoyment, along with the practice of standard measuring skills necessary in everyday life. (Contains 5 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia