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How Tall, How Short, How Far Away? Paperback – June 1, 2000

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Grade 2-4-A lively discussion of the history of measurement that incorporates some hands-on activities. Students may be surprised to learn that in ancient Egypt, parts of the body were used as measuring tools; a digit was the width of one finger, and a palm was the width of four fingers. Terms such as span and cubit are similarly defined. Explanations progress from Egyptian methods to the customary (or inch-pound) to the metric system. Readers are encouraged to use these various systems to measure their height and think about what units they could use for distances. The leisurely pace of the presentation picks up significantly in the last third of the book and readers might feel they are being rushed through two final activities that detail how to make a metric ruler, discuss odometers, and suggest activities to gauge distances in kilometers. The oversized white print against the bold background colors is easy to read and the full- and double-page computer-generated illustrations on every spread will engage readers.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

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Ages 5^-8. From the author and illustrator of Fraction Fun (1996) and Shape Up! (1998), this graphically dynamic volume introduces the concept of measurement. Adler explains how systems of measuring developed in ancient Egypt and Rome; how measurements became standardized; the origin of the metric system; and methods of measuring length, height, and distance. Bold color and creative design (especially the backgrounds of subtly designed rulers) give the pages visual zip. At the same time, the text's simplicity makes the ideas clear and easy to follow. A good basic book for children who are learning measurement using either the customary or metric system or (more likely) both. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 850 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Soft Cover Classroom edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823416321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823416325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kiwisteph on February 26, 2012
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I used this book to teach Measurement to 1st graders this year, and they loved it! I would highly recommend this book for any children in elementary school, as it is a great way to introduce the topic of measurement and have children let their imaginations soar.
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I purchased this book to use in my first grade class and it was a phenomenal choice! The children were captivated by the non fiction information and had tons of fun going around our classroom and school measuring with their bodies.
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Awesome for teaching measurement to my 2nd graders.
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This is a great book for teaching children about different forms of measurement and showing practical reasons to learn about measurement systems.
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