The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne is such a wonderful book. It is about a little dinosaur who has in his possession a jar of jelly beans that another bigger dinosaur wants. Actually he doesn’t want it, he demands it. He won’t settle for one jelly bean. No, he wants them all.
Math for Kids- Measuring
The little dinosaur tries to point out that they are not his beans. The bigger dinosaur doesn’t want to hear about them belonging to a friend. He struts around touting his strength and power.
In the end the little dinosaur draws him close enough to his friend’s mouth that the bigger dinosaur for the much bigger friend to clamp his teeth down on him. Thankfully the bigger friend is a herbivore who loves jelly beans.
In the end they all agree to share and the not be greedy. I bet he stop being a bully too.
What did we do to explore the book?
We did two math for kids measurement activities. One used non- standard measurement tools and the other used a ruler.
Non-Standard Measurement Tools
We measured three dinosaurs I created to resemble the big “greedy” dinosaur. Wooden cubes were used to measure each of the dinosaurs. The blue dinosaur is really a half a block shorter than we measured him, but we didn’t have half a block. I told my son we had to go up to the next number rather than go down to the number that would be a little short.
When we had measured the each dinosaur from the foot near its tail to the tip of its horn, we counted how many squares tall each dinosaur was.
A standard ruler was used to measure the dinosaurs. We used the inch side of the ruler rather than the metric side. It was much easier to measure using the ruler. The ruler had markings between the inches that allowed us to measure the dinosaur to the 1/2 and 1/4 inch.
We had an interesting discussion about non-standard and standard measurement. It was decided that the standard measurement was much more accurate. If we are measuring something and we want to know its exact measurement we will need to use a ruler.
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