Darice Bailer
Measuring Temperature
illus by Kathleen Petelinsek
Cherry Lake Publishing, 2014
Grades 1-4
ISBN 978-1624316487
Measuring Length
illus. Kathleen Petelinsek
Cherry Lake Publishing, 2014
Grades 1-4
ISBN 978-1624316470
Measuring Time with a Calendar
illus. by Kathleen Petelinsek
Cherry Lake Publishing, 2014
Grades 1-4
ISBN 978-1624316494
Measuring Mania Series

Behind the Books

Simplifying scientific concepts for young students is fun for me! And when asked to help write a series on measurement called Measuring Mania, I focused on the word “fun.” I kept the words simple and created kid-friendly activities. Who would ever know that the concepts learned in these activities would satisfy many Common Core requirements!

Measuring Temperature

Inside this Junior Library Guild selection, kids learn that the word thermometer means to measure heat, and that we measure heat in degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius. There are cute, colorful photographs of kids, drawings of adorable monkeys, and activities that feel more like games than problem solving. Children measure the temperature of ice cream, a puddle of water after it rains, and a cup of hot chocolate (with an adult’s help).

Review

Junior Library Guild:

“Thermometers measure heat in degrees. A degree is a unit for measuring heat.” This useful volume, illustrated with captioned full-color photographs and comic-style pictures, introduces many important science concepts. Topics include Fahrenheit versus Celsius scales, water’s boiling and freezing points, and how to use a thermometer. Straightforward activities (making a pretend thermometer, measuring the temperatures of some common good and drinks and guessing the temperature of cold vs. warm water) with easy-to-follow steps, will keep kids engaged. Three additional projects are suggested in the last chapter. Simple sentence structure and vocabulary words noted in colored type throughout make this a good title for emerging readers. Back matter includes a glossary, list of books, Web sites for more information, and an index. 

Recognition

This series is a Junior Library Guild Selection, Series Nonfiction Grades K-2

Measuring Length

What is length and how do children measure? This cheerful introductory science book teaches kids how to measure all sorts of things, and in different ways. Kids learn about rulers, yardsticks, and tape measures, and units of measurement in the U.S. customary and metric system.

“Measure the length of a worm end to end. See how tall our bike is from top to bottom. That’s height. See how wide you can stretch your arms. That’s width. Measure how far you run from place to place. That’s distance.”

Kids guess how far they can jump and then measure how far they do. They go on a scavenger hunt, too. What’s one thing they’re asked to find? A bug shorter than 1 inch. What kid wouldn’t grab a ruler and hunt for that!

Measuring Time with a Calendar

Kids want to know. How many days until their birthday party? How many weeks until vacation? In this adorable beginning science book, kids gain many mathematic skills. They learn how a calendar works, and how to measure how much time has passed. They learn the names of the days of the week, the months in a year, and the order in which they occur. Kids solve problems that meet Common Core requirements.

 

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