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# Super Sand Castle Saturday (MathStart Level 2)

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Introduces the concept of nonstandard measurement as three friends compete in a sand castle building contest.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 31st 1999 by Turtleback Books (first published December 9th 1998)

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Super Sand Castle Saturday is a great introduction/support text for young children thinking about measurement -- both non-standard and standard. It's lighthearted and practical, and fun.
Super Sand Castle Saturday is a great book to read when your students are learning about measurement. The books talks about a couple of kids who enter this sand castle contest. While they are building their castles they measure their castles using non standard measuring units. For my first grade class we read this book and throughout the story we compared the castles of the characters based off length. I then had the children work in groups and construct their own sand castles using construction ...more
Sandcastle building contest. An inch is always an inch.
Simple way to describe Standard Units of Measure.
This book was interesting because it show how teachers should teach measurement. In class, we mentioned that students should use objects to measure first before they use the ruler in order to understand what measurement means. Students will work in pairs to measure each other using straws and snapping cubes. They will write the data down to show the different units of measurement. They will then measure each other using a measuring stick. This will show them the standard and nonstandard way of m ...more
Nov 15, 2011 ckodama152 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade
Shelves: picture-books, math
Three children, Juan, Sarah, and Laura, are playing at the beach when Larry, the lifeguard, announces that there will be a sand castle contest and giving prizes for the tallest tower, deepest moat, and longest wall. Juan, Sarah, and Laura get to work on their sand castles and are surprised when Larry announces the winners! A good book for teaching about measuring and why it's important to have a standard measuring system. This book is good for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade.
This book discusses measuring. This book talks about how measuring is important to students and why we need measuring in our daily lives. The story takes place on a beach during a sand castle contest. The children are on the beach learning about the increments of measurement. The judge comes around to see which castle is the widest and the tallest. The book talks about how an inch is an inch whereas a person's foot may vary in size.
I used this book as the opening to my math literature lesson. The children loved it. It was something they could relate to and the fact that the children in the book used objects to measure instead of actual units of measurement fascinated the children. The students had many questions and I asked them questions as well! Would suggest to use on any opener to measurement! Easy to comprehend and the children can follow along.
Good book! Great to use when teaching estimating and measuring length, and reasoning.
I like this math based book.
Aug 24, 2011 Shira Burns marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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