# Bringing Math Home: A Parent's Guide to Elementary School Math : Games + Activities + Projects

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Measurement

Measurement is the most widely used area of mathematics. It permeates our everyday existence. How our lives would change if we did not measure time! Could we get through the day? We measure distance and length during our drive to work and in many of the tasks we do both on the job and at home. We monitor weight through daily activities such as buying produce at the market, mailing a package, or the ever-present quest to lose a few pounds. How often do you check the weather to find out the predicted temperature for the following day so that you can make or alter plans? Do you cook? If so, you use the measurements for volume and capacity with each recipe. Hobbies, arts and crafts, sports—the list goes on and on for the many ways that our lives are affected by measurement. You probably take measurement for granted and never stop to think of its importance in your life. It's just there.

Pre-Kindergarten to 2

In the early grades, children should recognize the characteristics of length,
volume, weight, area, and time.

Young children begin to learn about the different properties and characteristics of the various measurement units by looking at, touching, and comparing objects. They decide

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Bringing Math Home: A Parent's Guide to Elementary School Math : Games + Activities + Projects

• Title Page i
• Acknowledgments iii
• Contents iv
• Introduction v
• How to Use This Book vii
• Content Standards 1
• 1: Numbers and Operations 3
• 2: Algebra 35
• 3: Geometry 57
• 4: Measurement 97
• 5: Data Analysis and Probability 129
• Process Standards 155
• 6: Problem Solving 157
• 7: Reasoning and Proof 173
• 8: Communication 181
• 9: Connections 189
• 10: Representation 195
• Summing It Up 201
• Appendix 203
• Glossary 223
• Bibliography 229
• Index 230
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