Measuring outside

Trying to find something as big as a stick

Finland, 6 years old

The children spent time in the forest with the teacher and observed the environment. The aim was to capitalise on opportunities for measuring. They measured the heights of different plants and made comparisons for example using the concepts smaller, bigger and equal. They also measured the temperature on and inside the snow, as well as the temperature of water.

The teacher then presented a challenge “try to find a plant that is smaller than yourself”. This activity provided opportunities for problem solving and agency, and children generated their own creative solutions. One child for example added some snow in order to ‘make’ a plant of the correct height. Children were asked to explain and justify their solutions. This provided opportunities for the creative use of reasoning skills in evaluation. 

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