Millions To Measure. It's a really fun book that covers the topic of measurement from "prehistoric" time to present.
The book covers the problem with the original forms of measurement, which my guys found really funny. I'm sure the funny voices (slightly cold/congestion induced on my part) helped. It works it's way up from using one's foot to using a standard foot size, and moved up to how the metric system became.
I love that this book spent half it's time discussing the imperial system and the other half discussing the metric system. We use both forms of measurement in our home so none of these words & terms were foreign to my children.
A few additional activities we might do based off this book would include using their own feet to measure the same things. While I think they all ready understand why it was a poor idea, I think it will help them also see the humour in it a bit more. There was also a reference to stones for measurement in the book (another term my children are reasonably familiar in hearing because their grandparent with English heritage still uses the term from time to time) where two people used the same amount of stones but measured completely different things. (Hog & Hippo) I think it would be an interesting experiment because rocks vary so much in size. I'm just not sure I'm willing to drag the kitchen or bathroom scale down to the beach, the nearest rocky area to us!
We have a lot more really fun measurement activities ahead. The boys are dying to know why I pulled a copy of Jack & The Bean Stalk and told them not to run off with it because it's for math.. Yep. Really.
If your'e after the notebooking pages you can find them here. You can find a more imperial version here courtesy of Scholastic.