I explained to the children that we would be creating a growth chart which corresponds to each season. First, we would use colored taped to make a vertical line on the wall. In our classroom, the best place was on the inside of a doorway. I used the color red for Fall because future cultural and science lessons will utilize this color-coding for Fall. Later this school year, Winter will be coded with white tape, Spring will be green, and yellow will be used for Summer.
We marked the wall with a line of red tape and labeled it, 'Fall 2011.' Then, one by one, each child stood with their back against the wall. I used a ruler to indicate where the top of their head met the tape and drew a line with their name above it. Later, we will use a measuring tape or stick to determine exactly the number of inches from the floor. For now, however, the children were excited to simply compare lines.
|Our 'Fall 2011' measurements (sorry - it's a bit blurry...).|