# Easy Measurement

Trixie was 3 years and 6 months old at the time that this video was made.

The Problem

Trixie is doing a problem on a worksheet. My purpose in giving her this worksheet is to prepare her for measurement division word problems. (When working with children one-on-one, worksheets are generally unnecessary. But Trixie sees that her older school-age cousins get worksheets for homework. So she wants homework also.)

In the problem that Trixie is working on here there are 8 smiley faces and Trixie must circle groups of 4 of them and then count and record how many groups of 4 there are. This activity is analogous to solving a measurement word problem - like, if you have 8 smiley face stickers and you want to stick 4 on each finger, then how many fingers will get stickers?

What To Look For In This Video

• Trixie easily understands that she is to circle groups of 4 smilely faces and easily recognizes groups of 4.
• But in response to the question "how many bunches of 4 are there?" she counts the smilely faces rather than the groups. She doesn't understand what the question requires her to do.
• I show her, in a very explicit way, exactly what she is supposed to do. This is not the kind of thing that she can figure out on her own.