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Ever since my kids were in preschool I have loved doing unit studies with them. And apples are one of my favorite unit study topics for fall!
That is why today I am releasing my Apples Measurement Activity Pack as a standalone product.
(It was previously only available as part of my Apple Unit Study.)
This printable activity is for children who have a good grasp of numbers and are ready to use a ruler to measure the length of objects in either inches or centimeters.
While there are core academic skills at the heart of this activity, kids will be far too engaged with the delightful apple imagery to notice that they are “working.”
This hands-on activity will feel like play!
Note: For more apple learning resources, see my Apple Unit Study page.
The developmental progression of measurement skills
An understanding of measurement begins early on when children compare one object to another. This may occur when a child asks for the bigger slice of cake or when they notice that one bag of groceries is heavier than another.
Later, children may measure objects using non-standard units, or units that are invented and will vary from person to person. For example, a child may use footsteps to measure the length of the floor or pencils to measure the height of their desk.
Ultimately, we want children to understand and use standard units of measurement, or units that are universally available and are the same size for everyone. These include units for length such as inches and centimeters, units for volume such as gallons and liters, and units for weight such as pounds and kilograms.
This activity is for kids who are ready to measure with standard units.
Using the Apples Measurement Activity
With this activity, kids will work on measuring different images of apples with a ruler. Options are included to measure objects in both inches and centimeters.
(Be sure to print the appropriate pages depending on whether you want your child to work with inches or centimeters.)
For example, kids will use the inches side of the ruler to discover that this red apple is 5 inches tall.
When measuring with inches, kids will also find that some objects are measured in half inches, such as this apple that measures 3.5 inches tall.
If you choose the option to measure in centimeters rather than inches, all of the measurements will be in whole centimeters rather than half centimeters.
The apple pictured below, for example, measures 6 cm tall.
Kids will record their measurements on a worksheet. (Separate worksheets are included for inches and centimeters.)
After measuring all the objects, kids will rank them in order from tallest to shortest. (See right column in the photo below.)
Lots of great skills in one simple-to-prepare activity. And perfect for apple season!
Want a copy of my Apples Measurement Activity?
Get it as part of the Apple Unit Study:
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More Apple Resources
More apple posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Apple Unit Study
- Apple Printables Pack
- Apple Tree Life Cycle activities
- Apple Fine Motor Pack
- Apple Tree Life Cycle activities
- Apple taste testing
- Apple rotting experiment
- Dissecting an apple
For more kid-friendly apple activities and apple printables, see my Apple Unit Study page and my Apples Pinterest board.
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