Kindergarten students have been learning about non-standard units of measurement, using counting and estimating skills to measure items inside and outside the classroom.
Linking cubes are fun and colorful tools for counting and sorting, and since they are unified in size, they are also a useful measuring tool. Students measured their journals and backpacks inside, and then they worked together outside to measure the length of the school bus. For the record, the big yellow Barnesville School bus is 484 cubes long.
Students put their measuring skills to work in the garden beds, using gloves to map out planting rows and then using their fingers to estimate the distance needed to plant seeds about an inch apart. They are planting spinach and other vegetables that will grow on campus over the summer.