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WHEN VIEWING ON A TABLET OR MOBILE – DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM M AT H E M AT I C S S TA N DA R D S I N AC T I O N 59 First Steps Toward the Standard: What the Children Might Show You: Making Progress Toward the Standard: Accomplishing the Standard: Shows some awareness or accuracy when comparing the sizes of objects but may not have the vocabulary to describe the differences Shows more frequent accuracy when comparing the sizes of objects and uses more comparative words (longer, heavier, smaller) in his vocabulary Consistently uses comparative words when comparing the sizes of objects and begins to use measurement tools (not necessarily with accuracy) such as rulers or yardsticks • Provide many toys for construction and manipulation (large and small blocks, Lego building blocks, connectors, etc.). • Continue to provide materials to encourage comparison of sizes and use of comparative words. • As a child works and plays, converse back and forth, comparing the sizes of objects. • As a child works and plays with toys for con- struction and manipulation, converse back and forth, comparing the sizes of objects. Encourage use of descriptive words: longer, shorter ; heavier, lighter ; largest, smallest ; etc. • Model measuring objects one against another or by using a measurement tool in play and in meaningful everyday activities. • Continue to model measuring objects in everyday activities. Invite children to help you. • Do not force the child to use comparative words or measurement tools so that a power struggle or a negative experience develops. • Record the results of measuring on visually attractive graphs: heights of plants as they grow from seeds, heights of the children in the group, weights of pumpkins from the pumpkin farm, etc. A range of interest and awareness of ways to compare and measure the sizes of objects Curriculum and Activities that You Can Plan and Implement for Each Child’s Progress Level COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL • Continue to model measuring objects in everyday activities, and encourage children to identify opportunities to do so using measurement tools when it makes sense. • Invite children to figure out ways to record the results of their measurement activities. • Introduce vocabulary related to units of measurement that go with the measurement tools used: inches, millimeters, pounds, ounces, etc.