# Standard: 7A

Measure objects and quantities using direct comparison methods and nonstandard units.

## Chrysanthemum

In this lesson, children will use the number of letters that they have in their names to count and graph and then compare and contrast.

## At What Time?

In this lesson, children will connect activities in their day to the various times of the day.

## Bears in a Bucket

In this lesson, children will weigh and compare the Bear Family Counters using a balance.

## Estimation Destination

In this lesson, children will trace their own hands and estimate how many Fruit Loops it will take to the tracings.

## Flower Fun

In this lesson, children will use measurement vocabulary (shorter and taller) as they compare flowers of varying heights.

## Guess the Weight Scavenger Hunt

In this lesson, children will start with one object and decide which objects in the room are heavier or lighter than that object.

## How Many Legos Tall?

In this lesson, children will use a nonstandard unit of measurement such as LEGO blocks to measure objects in their environment.

## Inch by Inch

In this lesson, children will use colored measuring worms to measure the legs of the heron in the book

## Jack and the Beanstalk

In this lesson, children will estimate and then measure how many beans fit in the giant’s hand and compare it to how many beans fit in their own hands.

In this lesson, children will measure common household items using standard and nonstandard units.

## Measuring Straws

In this lesson, children will use pre-cut straws and match them up with a corresponding length on a piece of paper.

## Run, Walk, Crawl

In this lesson, children will measure the time that it takes to move quickly versus moving slowly.

In this lesson, children will place shoes in order by size.

## Take a Walk with Rosie

In this lesson, children will learn spatial vocabulary by reenacting Rosie’s walk around the farmyard.

## Telling Time

In this lesson, children will tell time to the hour and recognize the times that they engage in familiar activities.

## The Tiny Seed

In this lesson, children will count the seeds by ones and twos and then put the packets in order from smallest to largest and vice versa.

## Trucks and Blocks

In this lesson, children will build roads with blocks and compare their lengths.

## What’s in a Name?

In this lesson, children will count, compare, contrast and graph the number of letters in their names.

## Which is Tallest?

In this lesson, children will compare blocks of different lengths and lay them on a graphing map in order from shortest to tallest.

## Who Sank the Boat?

In this lesson, children will be introduced to weight and balance experiences and apply these experiences at the water table.

In this lesson, children will match numerals with the correct quantity of chips on the cookies.

## Chalk Magic

“Vera, Vera!  Come see how bright the colors are in my rainbow!” Four-year-old Owen is ecstatic about his discovery of a colorful collection of wet chalk after a summer shower in our outdoor classroom. This happy accident has paved the way for a sensory adventure as we meet our math and science early learning standards […]

## Return of the Sand Gardens

“I found GOLD!” squeals Laura. Four little friends are quick to join her in the latest gold rush in the sandbox. In the wee hours of the morning, often when the sun is barely above the horizon and the coffee is still being brewed, gold will magically appear in our sandbox. Spray-painted rocks that […]

## Water Play!

“It works! The water is coming out!” Rokia cannot contain her excitement as the discovery of a full rain barrel adds a new avenue of discovery and learning for our week. “How did you do that? Can I have a turn? Get a bucket!” The excitement builds as so many little brains begin to […]

## Rocking through Early Learning Standards

Rock balancing or CAIRNS has found its way into our play again this week! Stacking and balancing rocks encourages math and science investigations that are always developmentally appropriate. My adrenaline starts flowing and a smile grows on my face when a two-year-old child exhibits an innate sense of how to balance many more rocks […]

## Playing with Sticks

If you’ve been fortunate enough to visit The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, or driven by the Arboretum on Interstate 88, you may have spotted Joe the Guardian, a 20-foot-tall, spear-wielding troll peering down at the passing cars from atop his grassy berm. Joe is just one of six towering troll statues created by […]

## May the Force be With You

“Look! The people blocks are in a line and they crash at the bottom,  just like when we play on the slide!” This is a lightbulb moment as Evelyn transfers knowledge gleaned from a previous play experience into her current hands-on learning. A chain-reaction domino fall during today’s block play reminds Evelyn of […]