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Re: Rulers

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Bob Greaves (
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 08:49:07 +0000

This had always been a problem ans more so now that some of the
traditional crafts are not used in schools.
There seems little point in measuring things just for the sake of
measuring, unless , as I have seen with an 8 year old who was given a
tape measure as a present, the child uses the knowledge.
When i forst started teaching in an art room I was required to make
"spelling list covers" and similar bookcraft items from grade 3
upwards. Traditional bookcraft is an excellent way of giving children
a reason to measure accurately. They still have to be taught how to
use the ruler and some interesting maths exercises can arise from the
process.How do you measure backwards for example(from 10 to 0 or
how do you measure 8cm starting at 10cm. One of the problems with
the old wooden rulers was that the kids had chewed off the first
calibration so they had to measure 10cm starting at 1cm.
Making a simple Photo frame works well with grade 3/4 an autograph
book is a good one for grade 6. Bookcraft too is an excellent cross
curriculum activity. Technology, literature, word processing, layout and
design etc.
Bob Greaves.