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How Big Is a Foot?

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,027 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
The King wants to give the Queen something special for her birthday. The Queen has everything, everything except a bed. The trouble is that no one in the Kingdom knows the answer to a very important question: How Big is a Bed? because beds at the time had not yet been invented. The Queen's birthday is only a few days away. How can they figure out what size the bed should b ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Yearling (first published August 28th 1962)
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Isabel Hernandez
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-class
As a kindergarten teacher it is important to me to teach my students about standard and nonstandard units of measurement. This book does a great job comparing standard and nonstandard units of measurement as well as highlighting the need for uniform measuring tools. How Big is a Foot? clearly illustrates the difference between the length of a person's foot and a foot long ruler. After reading this book we made can make tracings of our own feet and cut out foot long foot shapes to make an outline ...more
Shani Cooper
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is great for introducing non standard measurement and standard measurement to students. If a teacher were working on measurement with their students in the classroom, the teacher could instruct students to explore the classroom and measure and record the lengths of different items using a ruler as well as their own choice of unit for measurement. Students could use their foot, an eraser, one of thier fingers or a pencil as a non standard unit for measurement. This exercise should show ...more
Natalie Hoist
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a king who wants to make the queen a bed. Therefor he measures how big to make it using his feet. This causes a problem because his feet and the guy making the bed's feet are different sizes. What will happen in the end, you'll have to read to find out! I would recommend this to have in your classroom!
Karen
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom, dad
This is a book we have read many times. It's one Ellie picks out a lot..krb 8/10/17
Tiana
Dec 10, 2011 added it
Where’s the Math: Common Core Standards K.MD. 1. Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter

Genre: picture book- story

Theme/Keywords: Measurement, Problem so
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Danielle Boles
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How Big Is a Foot by Rolf Myller is a story about a King who wanted to make a Queen a bed, but beds had not been invented yet. Nobody the King came in contact could figure out how big a bed was. Finally, the King said the Queen had to be big enough to fit the Queen! He told the Queen to lie on the ground and walked around her, he said the bed needed to be 3 feet wide and 6 feet long. Essentially, the bed was too small because nobody knew how big a foot was. When they measured the King's foot, ev ...more
Tony Ruiz
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
How Big Is A Foot? – Rolf Myller
Grade: K-2
Pages: 48
Theme: King/Queen, Measurement, Communication
Genre: Historical Fiction
Response: How Big Is a Foot? Rolf Myller. Information. 31 pages. Primary. An apprentice is sent to jail after making a bed for the queen. The king gives him a specific length and width of 6 feet by 3 feet. The apprentice thinks he's figured out what had went wrong, and and wants to create a new bed for the queen.
Class Activity: This is a great book to use in a younger classro
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Taryn Loyd
This book is about a king who wanted to build a bed for the queen, so he measures with his feet how tall the queen is and sets out to find someone to build it. However, the problem is that the apprentice's feet are smaller than the king's, so the bed is too small for the queen. So the apprentice is thrown in the jail till he comes to this conclusion, so they make an exact marble copy of the king's feet to measure the new bed. The apprentice uses the marble copy and is able to successfully make a ...more
Roshini R.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is a terrific book to demonstrate and engage in a discussion about standard and non standard measurements. I read it to my second graders since we are exploring measurements. Students and teachers alike benefit from integration of content in literacy and math instruction. Students were making connection between the story and their hands on activities measuring space and objects in the classroom and at home. They were able to apply what was learned in class to suggest why the king's measurem ...more
Honah Miller
This book uses a story of how the measurement of a "foot" was invented. The style of the illustrations is simple and in black and white with only the color red used to highlight different images like the characters clothes. The text and pictures are oriented differently on each page sometimes in the middle, left, right, or even going diagonally across the page. The thing that caught my attention most was the dedication, it read "to the wonderful metric system without whose absence in this countr ...more
Karan Johnstone
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-read-alouds
Good book to introduce foot.
Marina
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: numbers-are-fun
The book underlines the several measurable attributes of an object. It is great for introducing non-standard measurement and standard measurement to students. I could use this book with students when exploring the classroom, measuring, and recording the lengths of different items using a ruler as well as their own choice of unit for measurement. Students could use their foot, an eraser, one of their fingers or a pencil as a non-standard unit for measurement. Also, students have a chance to pract ...more
Amber
When talking about how the foot came around and how people started using the foot, this would be a good book to use. This book talks about how the foot came from the king's foot. Also, it talks about how you can measure something with your foot and then measure it with someone else's foot and it would not be the same, because you have two different size feet. Also, it talks about how the bed sizes came to be such as the king, queen, and etc.
This is a good math book to use for talking about meas
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Jasmine
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-shelf
How big is your foot, is a rather clever way to teach your students about measurement. I would love to use this book as a opener for a math measurment lesson. This book would be great use with your students during a hands on math lesson such as allowing your students to use their foot and measure it to understand how big is a foot.
The story explains how the queen's birthday is approaching and the king wants to get her a bed. However, no one knows how big a bed is so the king goes through a lot t
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Monalisa Johnson-brown
This is about a king and his wife. It was the queen's birthday and the king decided to give the her a bed. The king asked his apprentice to measured how long the bed should be with his feet and sent the measurements to the maker. When the bed was completed it was too small. The problem was that the king asked this apprentice to measure the length using his feet which was smaller than the kings. Finally the king measured with his feet and send it to the maker. The queens birthday came and she rec ...more
Chloe Jackson
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
How Bis Is a Foot? is a great story about the importance of measurement and how much we need it. The King in this story wants to make a bed for the queen so he asks his servant to measure how long the bed should be using the servant's feet in which the bed came out too small. When the bed was made using the King's foot measurements the be came out big enough. This is a great lesson to teach non standard measuring units to children. As a class, the students could measure different items using the ...more
Joyce Munzwandi
Feb 04, 2012 added it
Shelves: math
Help children discover concepts in standard measurement with this story about an apprentice who designs the first bed ever made for the queen. The apprentice runs into a problem when he makes the bed using his own feet for measurement. Students can learn about non standard measurement. Students can get involved in measuring activities in the classroom and they can also measure their feet in non standard measurement and check what their standard measurement is.
Lana Clifton
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Help children discover concepts in standard measurement with this story about an apprentice who designs the first bed ever made for the queen. The apprentice runs into a problem when he makes the bed using his own feet for measurement. In practical context, students will learn exactly how big is a foot and why. Extend concepts in small groups where students measure various objects with their feet. Are the measurements the same or different, and why?
Inna Nako
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, prediction
-book on measurements
-the King want to give the Queen a bed for her birthday since beds weren't invented yet
-explains how the King would calculate using his foot, but when the apprentice measures using his own feet, the measurment is different
-shows why the same standards of measurement are needed
-can be used to show perimeter and area of objects, such as a rectangular bed
-fun to have kids predict whtat would happen in story

Keidra Polite
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
It is a very cute story. The book tells how the measurement of a foot came about. The king wanted a bed for his wife so he measured it using his feet. He told the man the measurements, so the man measured it using his feet. The bed was too small because the man's foot was smaller than the king's. From then on, they used only the king's foot size when measuring so there would be no confusion. It is a good book to use to show the importance of being consistent when you measure something.
Roshunda Harris
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
This is a great book when teaching measurement. This story tells the story about how the standard measurement of a foot came about. The king wanted to give his wife a bed for her birthday so he measured the size he wanted it to be with his foot. However, the bed-maker's foot was smaller than the king's foot so the bed was made to small. From that point on, only the king's foot size was used for measurement.
Shareena
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddie-korner
This book was hilarious and non-fiction. It helped students learn how important measurement was and how important it is that the same length the original item was measured with is the same object and length the other person uses to make the final product (i.e. a bed in this case). As well as who was making the measurements for example one persons foot could be 8 in and anothers 12 in which means there is a difference of 4 in. It discusses how we came to know a foot equates to 12 inches.
Megan
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just like "Measuring Penny," I would use this as a mini-lesson to activate students' knowledge about measuring. Then, they could break up into smaller groups to measure things around the classroom. If we've already measured everything and discussed measurement with "Measuring Penny," then the students could write their own mini measurement story showing their understanding of the difference between standard and non-standard measurements.
Evelyn
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller is a very interesting book that can be used in a lesson about about measurement. It's a great book to use when teaching standard and non-standard methods of measurement. It also shows students the importance of measurement and how to use it in real life such as measuring a bed. I would use this book for students in K-2nd grade.
Teri
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Good picture books make math so much more fun. We used this book to start an activity on measuring. All my girls traced their feet and cut them out. Then we measured Syd's bed in these "feet" and of course everyone had a different measurement. It's a great lesson to talk about the need for standard units of measurement--and it's a fun story as well.
Hope Mullinax
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
Who's foot does the Queen use to get the measurements for her new bed? Let readers explore the concept of measurement and varying ways to which things are measured and/or compared to other objects. Readers can then use their own foot to make a frame of refrence and take measurements then compare them to their classmates.
Brittany
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a fun math book to read, especially when teaching about units because it talks about how a king wanted to build his wife a bed so he walked around his wife to measure how tall she was, using his feet and the unit, and when the carpenter went to build the bed, his feet were much smaller than the kings so it didn't match up and the bed ended up being way too small.
Megan Piero
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-ece-3607
This book is perfect for teaching students about the importance of standardized measurement. After reading this story, I would measure something like our big carpet using my feet and then a student's feet just to make sure they really got the message. Then, I would introduce the students to standardized measuring tools.
Kristen Lindsay
* The king wants to have a bed made for his queen; this story teaches measurement.
* Uses non-standard units to measure the queen's body (i.e. the king's feet)
* Shows how non-standard units can sometimes present different and confusing answers because all non-standard units are not the same (i.e. Some people's feet are smaller/bigger than others.)
Amy-Marie
Measuring penny is a cute way to allow student to measure themselves and understand that they need a way that everyone measures otherwise they will not understand how big or small something really is. This book shows students why their needs to be a common unit at the end of the measured objects number. such as the "king's foot."
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