Use foam-board for non-standard measurements

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Use foam-board for non-standard measurements

Feet-smallThis week’s tip comes from Carolyn Hill from St. James Episcopal School in Texas. Thank you Carolyn for sharing!

When you are introducing children to non-standard units of measure (using their foot to measure instead of a standard ruler foot), have the children trace their feet on foam-board instead of paper. Foam-board is much easier to manipulate than paper, the feet will last for multiple uses, and can be placed in your math center for even greater use.

Foam-board feet work better than cardstock also. When your students line the feet up to measure the thickness of the foam-board helps the students to avoid overlaps.

Foam-board can be purchased at craft stores, office supply stores, or online. It is pretty cheap.

I’d love to hear from you. What other ways do you use foam-board? Share in the comments below.


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| solutions, student engagement, wisdom | September 21, 2014

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Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

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