Velma McKay from the College of the Rockies, Cranbrook, BC, finds that teaching her students silly math songs helps keep them positive about math and helps them remember various facts and algorithms. You will find some of her songs beginning on page 89.
Almost anything in the environment can be measured, and anything that can be measured can be estimated.
Ask students, working in pairs, to find two or three things they estimate to be about the same length, measure them and fill in a chart like the one below. For example, the length of a table and the height of a door, or the lengths of a particular cell phone, pen, and notebook.
|Item||Estimate (with unit)||Measurement (with unit)|