Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,
Currently in Maths the ep1 red children here at Varee Chiangmai International School are learning about measuring, specifically measuring length.
The children were asked to carry out a double activity which first consisted of them reading a worksheet and then measuring certain items which they possessed.
Secondly the children then went on to a slightly different activity which initially required them to estimate 5 classroom things. These 5 items were decided by the children themselves by taking a class vote.
The concept of estimating is a very important one in maths because it allows the children to essentially hypothesise, or make pre conceived judgments about the answers to the questions they require.
This is a skill which they will apply in mathematics and indeed science for the rest of their lives. The more they are able to estimate in various activities the better they will become in getting closer to the actual measurement.
With estimating it is important that the children have first had experience actually measuring items in centimetres as this allows the children to acquire the concept of a particular unit of measurement, in this case centimetres.
Once the children had estimated and written down the lengths of what they thought their items would be in centimetres, they then went on to actually measure them with a ruler and then compare to see if their initial estimates were close to their actual measurements.
As the weeks progress in ep1 red the children will use millimetres (mm) along with centimetres (cm) to estimate and measure with.
The next unit after measuring length and height will be measuring weight and finally measuring capacity.
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Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.
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