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  • Chris Laurie

    September 29, 2020 at 9:12 am

    As a grade 5 teacher, I am charged with introducing French language to BC kids for the first time. “Sonn” or “cent” was an uh-ha moment. I always impress upon the french spelling of metre and the pronunciation: Keel-o-meter, and not Kill-o-meter. I totally, went a different direction in finding squares. I found 38, 20-ones, 12-fours, 4-nines, and 2-sixteens. Each year, I give the kids adding machine paper to create individual height strips. We go around the school measuring the hall in “Alice’s” and the gym in “Jame’s”. To be more accurate we have to sometimes include 1/2 an Alice. Confusion with dramatically taller students lead to discussions of common units.