1st Edition

# Splash! Modeling and Measurement Applications for Young Learners in Grades K-1

By Virginia Caine Tonneson Copyright 2012
100 Pages
by Prufrock Press

100 Pages
by Prufrock Press

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Splash! is a mathematics unit for high-ability learners in kindergarten and first grade focusing on concepts related to linear measurement, the creativity elements of fluency and flexibility, and the overarching, interdisciplinary concept of models. The unit consists of 13 lessons centered on the idea of designing a community pool. Students examine the question of why we measure, the importance of accuracy in measurement, and the various units and tools of measurement. The unit presents a hands-on, constructivist approach, allowing children to build their knowledge base and their skills as they explore mathematical ideas through play and planned investigations. Students are involved in creative and critical thinking, problem solving, process skill development, and communication.

Part One: Introduction Introduction to the Unit Unit Materials Assessment Unit Glossary Part Two: Lesson Plans Lesson 1: Preassessment Lesson 2: Models Lesson 3: Dimensions Lesson 4: Comparing and Ordering Objects Lesson 5: Partitioning Lesson 6: Comparing Length by Rearranging Parts (Decomposing and Recomposing) Lesson 7: Linear Measurement: Measuring Length Using Nonstandard Units Lesson 8: Linear Measurement: Measuring Distance Using Nonstandard Units Lesson 9: Linear Measurement: Measuring Height Using Nonstandard Units Lesson 10: Linear Measurement: Measuring Length Using Standard Units Lesson 11: Linear Measurement: Appropriate Units and Tools Lesson 12: Measuring Perimeter Lesson 13: Postassessment Part Three: Unit Extension and References Unit Extension: Building a Pool References Common Core State Standards Alignment

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The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, VA, the center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.