It’s Monday, April 20, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
NIST: Taking America’s Measure
Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental guidance)
The National Institute of Standards & Technology sponsors this no frills website which is designed to help kids understand the need for standardized forms of measurement like the Metric System through fun activities such as word searches, riddles, and crossword puzzles. In addition, you will find some great learning and measurement conversion tools.
When you get to the site scroll down to find a word search puzzle and then scroll way down the page to view a green menu of activities. Click on any menu item and a new page opens to reveal that activity. Don’t miss:
- Metric Measures – Includes a free downloadable “Metric Pyramid” that you can print out and fold into a pyramid that contains metric equivalents for common measurements. Make a recipe for “Metric Chocolate Chip Cookies” and learn how metric measurement is used in the kitchen. Find out everything you need to know about the Metric System for everyday life, and check out the links to FREE metric conversion tools on the Net.
- Snapshots in Time – Discover some of the historical events that led to the development of measurement standards – from a terrible fire, to tampering with President Wilson’s wax Presidential seal, to the colors of traffic lights.
- A Tall To Small Tale – Go on a hunt to find 20 prefixes that describe how big or small something is, no matter what you are measuring!
- What’s Your Nano IQ? – Take a fun quiz to test your knowledge of Nano measurements.
The activities and information at this site demystify measurement in a fun and interesting way.