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The Whale Episode

Grades: PreK-1
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    Using this resource group, students learn about non-standard measurement when Sid tries to use a ruler to measure a whale. At school, the class learns how non-standard measurement can be used to measure just about anything. Explore how to accurately measure things with shoes, blocks, and even people! The resource group includes an English and Spanish version of 6 video clips, as well as the associated Science Adventures Curriculum Guide. Watch Sid here or go to http://www.pbs.org/teachers/sid/scienceadventures/ for options to download the science adventures video clips.

  • Sid’s Question: "How Can You Measure a Whale?"

    Sid has a new ruler and wants to measure the biggest animal in the world: the Blue Whale! So, Sid has just got to know: how can he use a little ruler to measure something so big? (Spanish version also available.)

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    © 2008

  • Susie’s Song: "A Pirate's Song" (en Español)

    Listen as Teacher Susie sings "A Pirate's Song", a song about how to use non-standard measurement. Hear how a ship of pirates finds a way to measure the size of a whale by using the items they have on board as units of measurement. (en Español)

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    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Super Fab Lab: Exploring Measurement (en Español)

    Miss Susie explains that non-standard measurement can be used as a scientific tool to measure without a ruler. Watch a live action clip of students figuring out a room's size by using themselves to measure the room. Learn how units of measurement must be the same size when conducting non-standard measurement investigations. (en Español)

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    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Rug Time: Measurement (en Español)

    Sid brings his ruler to Rug Time, and the class wants to know how this scientific measurement tool can be used to measure very large objects. Miss Susie explains that to measure things that are bigger than the size of a ruler, you can use tools such as a tape measure. She prompts the students to explore more in a Super Fab Lab! (en Español)

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    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Lookin’ for My Friends: The Whale Episode (en Español)

    Sid and his friends sing a welcome song in the school yard. (en Español)

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    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Sid’s Question: "How Can You Measure a Whale?" (en Español)

    Sid has a new ruler and wants to measure the biggest animal in the world, the Blue Whale! So Sid has just got to know: how can he use a little ruler to measure something so big? Listen as Sid's dad explains how to use a ruler to measure, and watch as Sid's mom shows examples of other measurement tools that can be used for larger items. (en Español)

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    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Backseat Driving with Grandma

    On his way home from school, Sid tells his Grandma how he learned all about how to measure things without rulers. Listen as Grandma tells Sid about how her father used his hands as a unit of non-standard measurement to measure objects, too. (Spanish Version also available.)

    Download:

    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Susie’s Song: "A Pirate's Song"

    Listen as Teacher Susie sings "A Pirate's Song," a song about how to use non-standard measurement. Hear how a ship of pirates finds a way to measure the size of a whale by using the items they have on board as units of measurement. (Spanish version available.)

    Download:

    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Super Fab Lab: Exploring Measurement

    Miss Susie explains that non-standard measurement can be used as a scientific tool to measure without a ruler. Watch a live action clip of students figuring out a room's size by using themselves as measurement units. Learn how units of measurement must be the same size when conducting non-standard measurement investigations. (Spanish version also available.)

    Download:

    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Rug Time: Measurement

    Sid brings his ruler to Rug Time, and the class wants to know how this scientific measurement tool can be used to measure very large objects. Miss Susie explains that to measure things that are bigger than the size of a ruler, you can use tools such as a tape measure. She prompts the students to explore more in a Super Fab Lab! (Spanish version also available.)

    Download:

    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Lookin’ for My Friends: The Whale Episode

    Sid and his friends sing a welcome song in the school yard. (Spanish version also available.)

    Download:

    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

  • Backseat Driving with Grandma (en Español)

    On his way home from school, Sid tells his Grandma how he learned all about how to measure things without rulers. Listen as Grandma tells Sid about how her father used his hands as a unit of non-standard measurement to measure objects, too. (en Español)

    Download:

    Permitted use: Stream and Download

    © 2008

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Common Core State Standards
NSTA National Science Education Standards

Explore measurement using standard measurement tools such as rulers and tape measures and non-standard measurement tools and units. Investigate magnification and data collection using science tools. Find videos in English and Spanish.


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    Sid the Science Kid

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

  • Source:

    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

  • Source:

    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

  • Source:

    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

  • Source:

    Sid the Science Kid

    http://pbskids.org/sid/

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