Paper Clip Math

Good morning! 

Non standard measurement. That’s what we’re doing in math. We watched a video of a read aloud book entitled, How big is a foot? It taught us how the size of a foot can vary. Making it an unreliable source of measurement on its own.

Today we began measuring. Except we had no rulers. No inches or centimeters. We measured today with paper clips. Using nonstandard measurement.  We measured our foot. Our worksheet. Our book. And our chair.

And then some of us got really creative and turned our paper clips into chains to measure all areas of our chair then hooked it together and wore it around our necks.

I loved watching my students think outslde the box! All on their own! So engaged! They followed the directions I laid before them on their worksheets, then went a step farther. They took ownership of their assignments, and did them with excitement as they began measuring more than simply length. Using back to back paper clips, They moved to width. Their simple math had already surpassed the boundaries of their worksheet. They wanted to measure everything!

Tomorrow we move to string. Then we trade in our paper clips for rulers. And our string for measuring tapes. Then we understand why we use standard units of measure.

Did you know that’s how it is with God? He gives us direction then watches with excitement as we take off and take ownership of our assignment. He delights when we think outside the box. After all, his ways are so much greater than ours!

Let’s all think outside the box. Do what others say we can’t.  Prove them wrong. Take leaps of faith. Measure the immeasurable.  With paper clips. 

Stop trying to measure up. Stop comparing. We all fall short. Find comfort in that we have a God who loves us immeasurably. 

To infinity and back. Try measuring that with paper clips. I double dog dare ya! šŸ˜Š

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.                      Ephesians 3:20

Love and laughter, 



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