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S: "Paws" to Measure by Karen Fogler

FC: "PAWS" to measure by karenFogler

1: "PAWS" TO MEASURE by karen Fogler

3: "Paws" to Measure is a fun story that introduces young students to nonstandard measurement. Children in grades Pre-K - 2 follow the adventures of two adorable cats as they try to figure out which objects are longer. Turn the page to learn about Dusty and Rusty.

4: Dusty and her daughter Rusty lived in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

5: D | Dusty and her daughter Rusty lived in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. | It was often cold there and hard to find food.

6: Dusty taught Rusty how to survive. Their thick fur kept them warm.

7: Their sharp senses also helped them. They listened for danger. They sniffed around and used their keen eyesight to spot hidden food scraps.

8: In the spring, Karen found the cats and brought them to her house. It was warm and cozy and there was lots of food.

9: The curious cats explored Karen's home trying to find all of the comfy places.

10: There was the bed ...

11: and the bedroom chair.

12: There was the cat bed ...

13: and of course the couch!

14: One day, while lounging on the bed, Rusty turned to her mom and asked, "I've noticed that our favorite resting places are all different sizes. I was wondering which one of our special spots is the longest?"

15: Dusty was delighted with this important question. She stretched herself out and listened for any signs of Karen. Since Karen had gone off to teach her students at Brooklyn College, the two cats had the house all to themselves. Dusty knew that it was the perfect time for "paws to measure".

16: Dusty explained that cats use their paws for many activities. | Paws are for walking quietly, running races, catching mice, and for playing with toys.

17: Paws are also a perfect nonstandard measurement. Dusty told her child, "They are smaller than the objects we want to measure. They are big enough to count easily. They are good for estimating or finding out about how many."

18: Rusty could not wait to get started. The eager cat did not even wait to hear her mother's directions.

19: She jumped onto the bed and crawled under the cover and began to measure. | Rusty reported that the bed only measured one paw. Dusty told her to put one paw in front of the other and count the number of paws she used.

20: After some careful remeasuring, Rusty found that the bed was 6 paws long!

21: Next came the soft, cuddly chair in the bedroom. What a place for a nap! At first Rusty forgot to start at the edge of the chair. | Mom gently showed her how it was done. Start at one side and make sure each paw touches another until you reach the other side. The chair measured 5 paws.

22: In the living room, the cat bed was next on Rusty's measuring list. Dusty showed Rusty how to estimate when the bed was not an exact number of paws. Their bed was almost 4 paws.

23: By the time Rusty measured the couch, she could remember all the steps. | 1. Use my paws 2. Start at one end and go all the way to the other 3. Make sure that my paws always touch each other 4. Count carefully 5. Estimate how many

24: Wow, the couch measured 8 paws!

25: Dusty and Rusty compared the measurements: Bed - 6 paws Chair - 5 paws Cat Bed - almost 4 paws Couch - 8 paws

26: They put the numbers in order from the shortest to the longest: Cat Bed - almost 4 paws Chair - 5 paws Bed - 6 paws Couch - 8 paws

27: Rusty's question was finally answered. The longest special place was the couch. It was 8 paws long.

28: "Paws to Measure" had taught Rusty so much. While her mom rested on the rug, Rusty waited by the window for Karen to come home. They had so much to tell her!

29: Karen Fogler taught at Public School 9 in Brooklyn and at Hunter College Elementary School in Manhattan. Her 30+ years of teaching were spent interacting with and learning from her terrific students. After retirement, Karen returned to Brooklyn College where she had earned both her BA and MS degrees. Prof. Fogler enjoys sharing her ideas and experiences with the talented future teachers at BC.

30: STANDARDS NCTM: Measurement (Pre-K - 2) In kindergarten through grade 2 all students should: - recognize the attributes of length, volume, weight, area, and time - compare and order objects according to these attributes - understand how to measure using nonstandard and standard units - select an appropriate unit and tool for the attribute being measured - measure with multiple copies of units of the same size, such as paper clips laid end to end

31: STANDARDS NEW YORK STATE SCIENCE: The Living Environment Key Idea 3: Individual organisms and species change over time - eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin of some animals enable the animals to sense their surroundings - the characteristics of some animals change as seasonal conditions change (eg. fur grows and is shed to help regulate body heat)

32: EXTENSION ACTIVITIES 1) Make a list of nonstandard measuring units you can find in your home 2) Measure objects with your nonstandard units a) How tall are you? __________ b) How long is your bed? ________ c) How long is your shoe? ________ d) How long is your room? ________ 3) Things to think about: a) Why do you get different amounts when measuring the same object? b) Why are some nonstandard units better to use than others?

33: EXTENSION ACTIVITIES 4. Think of another nonstandard unit for Dusty and Rusty to use. Draw a picture of it. Create a story that explains how the two cats measured another object with it.

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