- Mathematics, 6-12
- Measurements are part of our daily lives. Children, especially in Montessori programs, have already been indirectly working with measurements. They learn time through their daily routine. They learn weight using calibrated materials (pink cubes, brown prisms, knobbed cylinders…). They learn length when manipulating materials like rods. They observe volume when pouring and transferring. They develop a concept of area using constructive triangles and many other materials that enhance spatial intelligence.
- The Measurement Curriculum 6-12 from Alison’s Montessori covers all topics that children need in order to be proficient at measuring: time, length, weight, volume, temperature, and area.
Why we like it
- As a prepared adult, I don’t have to organize a sequence of progressive and logical work. It comes with 3 levels that take children from basic skills to abstract conversion skills.
- The curriculum provides practice with both metric and customary systems.
- It is color-coded, and clearly labeled (C1.1 for Commands, T1.1 for Tasks).
- It includes nomenclature cards for learning related vocabulary.
- Most of the cards require little intervention from the adult if basic measuring tools and materials are available.
- For the prepared environment, each unit comes with reproducible booklets to go with the cards. No need for another notebook, command and task cards answers can be recorded in the children’s personalized booklet.
- Finally, each unit is accompanied by extension worksheets. I used it to consolidate knowledge at the end of a unit. After working on the “Length” unit, the worksheets served as an informal assessment where I could notice what concept needed further guidance.
- All the materials below cover the 6 units: length, temperature, time, volume, weight, area
- 11 nomenclature cards
- 11 concept/information cards
- 198 command and task cards
- 36 booklets to go with the cards
- 75 pages of worksheets
How it works
- Show where the material is located.
- Present the nomenclature cards for the unit.
- Explain some concepts when necessary (use concrete materials).
- Explain how the materials work together (cards with reference numbers, booklets).
- Provide personal booklet, and guide through the first cards.
- You could laminate the Answer Keys sheets, and make them available for the children to check their work.
Please find more pictures below showing some details about the worksheets:
Extension work, worksheets
In conclusion, the Measurement curriculum is a complete set for lower and upper elementary children, that allows room for independent work, while offering a scaffolded learning experience.
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