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Introduce the history and etiquette of silverware and place settings. Invite students to make creative table settings on dry-erase boards to practice measurement skills!
In the 1700s colonial villages often had their own silversmiths, people who crafted items from silver, including forks, knives, spoons, plates, and cups. Today we purchase our tableware in a store, but even our everyday items have been designed by modern artists and craftsmen in design studios somewhere in our modern world.
Provide sample silverware, plates, and cups for students to carefully handle and describe. Ask children what they notice about each item they handle. Talk about the shape, the number of tines on the fork, and the designs of each item. Model vocabulary for students to use when describing what they see.
Show children how to set a place at a table. Place the fork to the left of the plate. Place the knife to the right with the spoon to the right of the knife. Place a cup just beyond the knife. Fold a napkin and place it under the fork.
Invite students to use Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons to draw their own place setting on an individual dry-erase board. Encourage students to make their place settings unique and colorful.
Provide students with rulers and ribbon, string or yarn. Challenge students to measure the items they created using these tools – finding as many measurements as they can! Ask students which items they will measure and how they will measure them. Provide paper and colored pencils for students to record their measurements.
Students might be encouraged to start by measuring the lengths of the fork, knife and spoon. Allow students to explore different ways to measure the items they have created. Model vocabulary to help them describe the measurements, such as “diameter” when measuring across a plate and “circumference” when measuring around a cup. Students might measure the width of the spoon at its widest point and the length of one fork tine. If students don’t independently figure out how to use the ribbon or string to measure around round objects, model this strategy for them to keep the measuring fun going.
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