How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world's largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that's bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don't tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself at their actual size.
This module focuses on measurement of length, area, mass, and capacity with non-standard units. Emphasis is also placed on sequencing events, understanding the passage of time, and reading clocks to the hour and half-hour. As well, students investigate the value of Canadian coins. Also included: materials lists; activity descriptions; questioning techniques; problem-solving examples; activity centre and extension ideas; assessment suggestions and activity sheets and visuals. All modules include a list of children's books and websites related to the mathematics topics introduced, a detailed introduction to the Hands-On Mathematics program (guiding principles, implementation guidelines, an overview of the skills that students use and develop during mathematics inquiry), and a classroom assessment plan and record-keeping templates.