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Millions to Measure

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There are millions of things to measure . . . and almost as many ways to measure them!

Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician is back -- and ready to explore the invention of length, weight, and volume measurements. After that, with another wave of his wand, the wizard introduces the world of metrics and makes it easy to understand the basic pattern of meters, liters, and
Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 2003)
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Rachel Coleman
Nov 13, 2016 Rachel Coleman rated it really liked it
"Millions to Meausre" by David M. Schwartz is a great book that talks about universal measurements and the concept of measuring. It really describes the history and background well of different measurements. I think this would be a great book to read out loud to your students and have an activity that goes along with the book. This will really help kids understand certain measurements, so I definitely recommend reading it!
Marcie Master
Oct 02, 2016 Marcie Master rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
What a CUTE book! "Millions to measure" is talks about measuring but I love it because it addresses how people used to measure things before we had standard units, as well as the way we currently measure things. How fun is that to teach students about old and new and have them learn both!! Teachers can focus on certain units in the book that need more attention if trying to teach a lesson about a specific unit. There are so many ways to use this in the classroom and I will definitely consider ha ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Take a trip with Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician in his hot air balloon! In this book, we travel back into time to discover the origins of measurements, first in feet and pounds, following that into standardization of the foot, expansion into large units and finally introducing the metric system. The book ends with a comparison of the two systems, and comments that the US will likely eventually switch over to metric to join the rest of the world. :) This is one of those great resources ...more
Gina Valdes
Apr 25, 2012 Gina Valdes rated it really liked it
Millions to Measure is a great book! I didn’t realize that there were so many books out there that dealt with curricular and could be used as learning tools. This book went into a lot of details about measuring. It also gave history and background about different measurements, which not a lot of educational books do. It gave an introduction to the universal measurements and how they differ from what students may currently use. It also talked about meter sticks, volume, and weight. I think that k ...more
Mary Conroy
Jun 06, 2011 Mary Conroy rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-books
This book has a ton of creative ways to measure, and makes the concept of measuring applicable to real life scenarios. The illustrations were a lot of fun; they were very detailed and colorful. This book would be great for an interactive read-aloud. Kids could discover how some ways to measure tings are not always accurate: for instance, all our feet are not the same size! (that would be a good place to incorporate some physical activity into the lesson. The book also gives reference points for ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Tatiana rated it liked it
In Millions to Measure, written by David M. Schwartz and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, a group of children dispute the correct distance for their race and decide to consult Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician, launching an exploratory adventure into the history of how nonstandard measurement evolved into the Système Internationale, or metric system, as well as the conversions between the metric system and the inch-pound system used in the United States (and only in the US, stubborn rebels ...more
Katie Foster
Mar 09, 2014 Katie Foster rated it really liked it
This is a fun nonfiction book. It begins by telling the reader that there are millions of things to measure. Then it goes into how people from many years ago measured (ie. they used their feet and stones) and how that evolved to how we measure things today. The book introduces all the different measuring tools that we use now (liters, tablespoons, rulers, etc). It talks about how everywhere else in the world they use the metric system and how we don't use that as often. At the very back of the b ...more
Cassie Houck
Apr 26, 2016 Cassie Houck rated it it was amazing
This book told the story of how we got our measurement units. It starts off as cavemen and goes through queens and kings, and then to present day. It tells the reader not only about the units of measurement that we use in the states, but also goes into the metric system.

I really liked this book because of the way the story is told and the illustrations. I also loved how informative it was and how it made measuring things fun!

I would definitely have this in my library, it might be too long for a
Maddie Taylor
Apr 28, 2016 Maddie Taylor rated it really liked it
What a CUTE book! "Millions to measure" is talks about measuring but I love it because it addresses how people used to measure things before we had standard units, as well as the way we currently measure things. How fun is that to teach students about old and new and have them learn both!! Teachers can focus on certain units in the book that need more attention if trying to teach a lesson about a specific unit. There are so many ways to use this in the classroom and I will definitely consider ha ...more
Lyndsey Hurm
This book is cute and shows a lot of different fun ways to measure things and relates measurement to real-life. This would be a great interactive read-aloud. I would read this book and then have the students partner up and choose something to measure and how they want to measure it and then tell the class about what they did and why. I could also use a detective type of theme and have them measure different things around the room to solve some sort of crime mystery. The illustrations are also re ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
This book went into a lot of detail about measureing. It goes ove rhte confusion and history of measuring and the use of the universal ruler. It also explains the marking of a ruler and even goes into using a meter stick and its equevelency in feet. It also introduces the different units of measurement such as volume, and weight. The illustrations were also very interactive and included a fold out page that measured a full meter. The book would be extremely helpful as a supplement in teaching me ...more
Jessica Lane
Millions to Measure by David M. Shwartz is a fun nonfiction book that teaches measurement. It starts with the history of measurements, discusses why those methods didn't work, and then mentions the ways we measure in the U.S. today. I really enjoyed the book, and the pictures were funny. It talks about measuring in a simple way that children would love. I would definitely use it in my classroom. It would be great for almost any grade before starting a math unit on measurement. Its a great way to ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Kasmarine rated it really liked it
"Marvelosissimo the mathematical magician measures magnificently!" The children wondered and asked question. Marvelosissimo came to the rescue. The children climbed aboard his air balloon and off they went. He took them back to the prehistorical period to explore how people measure things. Next, the kings, queens, and sultan in the medieval time. Then, back to the present time. Marvelosissimo explained how the non-standard unit evolved to the present standard of units of measurement. Great adven ...more
Candice Mckinnon
Jul 08, 2012 Candice Mckinnon rated it liked it
Shelves: math-book-shelf
Millions to measure is another cute book that talks about measuring. I like it because it addresses how people used to measure things before we had standard units, as well as the way we currently measure things. Teachers can focus on certain units in the book that need more attention if trying to teach a lesson about a specific unit. The book also includes more information about the metric system in the index if children or teachers wanted to read an overview of the metric system.
Jenny D
Jun 23, 2011 Jenny D added it
Shelves: ece-6391-6392
This book traces the history of measurement and everything that it can be used for. It concludes by discussing the ease of the metric system compared to the conversions of standard units. Give students tasks to measure in both standard and metric, then have them convert each. Have students discuss the difference in conversions in the metric system versus standard system. This can also be used as an anticipatory set for the metric Olympics.
Apr 20, 2012 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz is a very interesting book that teaches students about measurement. It allows students to see why measurement is important and even gives them facts about how measuring started. Students can learn how to measure in standard and metric units. They will also be able to learn about measuring weight, height, length, and width, volume, volume, meters and much more. I would use this book for students in 1st-3rd grade.
Dec 15, 2014 Brittany added it
Recommends it for: Grades K to 7
This book helps students understand the invention of weight, volume, and length measurements. It handles metrics and other interesting comparisons. The pictures are really detailed (done by Steven Kellogg) and surprisingly enough have a lot of the text features we have been working on. This read-aloud text would be a good math connection for the unit and allow students to notice other subjects that have nonfiction items.

May 29, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Ever wonder how our system of measurement developed or even why we have a system of measurement? This picture book recounts the history of measurement while detailing all the units measurement used in the English system for distance, weight and volume. The development and worldwide use of the metric system as well as the metric units of measure for distance, weight and volume are introduced in a short spread of pages.
Quynh Le
Jun 30, 2012 Quynh Le rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
I like that this book went back in time and talked about the different things that one would measure, such as height, weight, volume, distance, etc. After reading this book, students can come up with some ideas as to how they would measure certain things if they lived in a place without a scale or a place without a ruler, etc. This is a very informative book and would be great to use with older children. I also liked the section about the Metric System in the back.
Chloe Jackson
Feb 27, 2012 Chloe Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Millions to Measure is a great book for children because it talks about the history of measurement. The books explain why certain people used certain non standard measuring units and why some of these non standard units did not work. After reading this book to my students, we came up with our own definition of what a non standard measuring unit is and we came up with a list of non standard measuring units that we could use to measure things.
Caitlin Harris
Feb 17, 2016 Caitlin Harris rated it liked it
I really liked Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz. This book is about the different ways to measure distance, weight, and volume. It tells all about the system the U.S. uses and also tells about the metric system. The author does a great job of conveying a lot of information in a simple and fun way. I really enjoyed this book. This would be a great book to read in a science class when learning about measurements to make it more fun.
Jul 18, 2012 Maxwoodliff rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book provide bold beautiful numbers that a student can recognize and become engaged in the story. I like how the book goes through the reasoning of why we need a common unit of measurement. It shows that different ways to measure like distance, weight, and volume. I would use this with a second grade class that is learning to measure and how to measure.
Jodi Santora
Apr 12, 2012 Jodi Santora rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
I like this book for introducing measurement. It is a little difficult that it introduces American Standard units beside Metric units. That makes students think that they need to be able to compare the two, and that's nearly impossible. The Common Core Standards do not demand that I teach both systems in the third grade.
Aug 14, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
My 4 yr old loved this one, but he's the letters/numbers/math type so that's probably why. It's a little long, but cut up into nice chunks you could read only what you wanted if there was antsy-ness. I thought it was a little strange that it tried to make the case for the US to go to metric at the end, but the fold out meter stick was fun for my son.
Sarah Kasper
Feb 01, 2011 Sarah Kasper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, favorites
I love "Millions to Measure" because it's so clever! This book explains how to measure things and goes "back in time" to figure out how things were measured a long, long time ago. Children will enjoy this book and as a class they can come up with clever ways to measure things themselves without using a ruler or a yardstick!
Sharia A.
Feb 19, 2013 Sharia A. rated it liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, mathematics
This book seems to be magical. This book is filled with fancy colors and various pictures from all over the world. This book has a wizard that goes back into time that explores how people measure objects and parts from previous eras.This book asks the students questions in order for the students to get intrigued in the book and gather information.
Katie O'toole
Jul 15, 2012 Katie O'toole rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-books
After reading all the historical ways to measure things I would have class do research on the top ten ways things are measured worldwide today. If groups come up with different measurements class will debate which ones are used more frequently, or which would be more important to use today.
I love David Schwartz's illustrations! Really cool math book. I will definitely use this book to show creative ways to measure. Also this book touches on the history of measurement which I think is cool. I can use this book for a math measurement center.
This is a great book to use to introduce measurement and the metric system. It covers length, weight, and volume measurements using meters, liters, and grams. This is useful for both math and science.
Megan Bratton
Jun 13, 2012 Megan Bratton rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, math, measurement
Illustrated by the fabulous Steven Kellogg, this book explains the why and how of the history of the measurement system. Explains the importance of a consistent measurement system and how it is used today.
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