Recently we were discussing measurement. We made a large snowman and stuck him on the wall. The children stood up against him to see if they were shorter, taller or the same size as the snowman. Even though it looks like there is a big difference between our shortest and our tallest class member we were surprised to note that it was really only about 5-10cm difference.
We made our own snowmen by tracing around a cup twice to form two circles. Then we drew on some eyes, a carrot nose and a mouth. Some of us added a scarf also. We cut them out and placed them next to where we were working and drew 3 more snowmen. The first snowman had to be shorter than the one we made. The middle snowman had to be the same height and the last snowman had to be taller.
It was interesting to watch the children go about this. One young boy came up with a brilliant idea. He said “I know how to make my snowman the same size as this one. I am going to trace it.” I told him it was an excellent idea and a perfect way t make sure it is exactly the same height. It was such a good idea that we shared it the the rest of the class and quite a few children borrowed the idea. You can see in the picture on the right that this girl adopted his idea. Overall the children showed a good understanding of the concepts of taller, shorter and the same height.