Ms. Karla: "Who do you think will be the tallest?"
Kili: “I’ll be the tallest.”
Ms. Karla: “Who do you think William?”
As you can see, most children were pretty sure they would be the tallest child in the room.
Ms. Karla: "Who will the smallest person be?"
Ms. Karla: "Who do you think Julian?"
Julian: “I’m only four, so I’ll be the smallest”
Another misconception that some children had was that age dictates height (i.e.: the older you are, the taller you are). After our investigations, our thoughts had changed. We found that William was the tallest class member, while Aubrey was the smallest. We looked at our birthday charts and found that William was not the oldest and Aubrey was not the youngest person in our class.
Measurement ties nicely into our unit of inquiry. In order to help the children make a connection to the people around them, we discussed the different heights of the they knew. I wanted to know how they fit, height wise, into their families. Click on the link below to read these conversations.