Measurement Teacher Resources

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In groups, mathematicians make paper strip models of their pencil lengths, then use the data to find the centers of measure. They also use a Cuisenaire® rod set and Unifix® cubes to determine mean and median. Finally, they use an interactive, Plop It!, online to further investigate these concepts.
An all-encompassing package provides video clips that demonstrate real-world activities that have to do with angles. After watching the Cyberchase cartoons, learners discuss why a "v" shape is used to measure a turn. A pair of vital worksheets and different-leveled assessments are provided through embedded links. You will appreciate this comprehensive lesson plan and the support it provides!
When mathematical errors happen, part of the learning is to figure out how it affects the rest of your calculations. The activity has your mathematicians solving for the area of a circular pipe and taking into consideration any errors that may happen with measuring. The problem may be challenging for some learners to do on their own, so a group discussion would be beneficial as there multiple areas of measurement error. The answer key includes a detailed commentary that can be used as teacher notes for a lesson plan and to help guide the discussion. 
How many unifix cubes tall are you? If you're not sure, then perform this math activity with your class and find out. Working in pairs, young mathematicians make measuring sticks out of unifix cubes in order to determine the length of their partner's arm, leg, hand, foot, and neck. The results are recorded on the included worksheet and shared with the class during a whole-group discussion. Though not required in the activity, consider also asking children to measure their overall height, as they will be naturally curious to find out how tall they are. An excellent activity that deserves a place in any primary grade math unit on measurement.
Students explore mass measurements. For this non-standard unit measurement lesson, students use non-standard units of measurement to find the weight of different objects. They work in small groups and complete a variety of measuring activities. There are worksheets and an assessment in the lesson.
Identifying and measuring angles with a protractor can provide a fun way for students to learn this mathematical concept.
Comparatively speaking, does a bug travel farther than a human in 10 seconds? Get a bug and measure how far it travels in 10 seconds. Have a human team member run for 10 seconds and calculate the distance ran. Answer the question,"Who travels farther?" by calculating and graphing the results. 
Students experiment with unconventional units (toothpicks, etc.) to estimate and measure. They consider the advantages of using standard measuring units.
Kids list the different materials that can be used in measuring the lengths of objects (standard and nonstandard units of measurement). They directly compare the lengths of given objects and recognize the various units of measurements. They then compare lengths of objects in the classroom and measure objects by estimating their lengths.
Conduct guided experiments and discussions while collecting anthropometric measurements. Your class will explore impact of experimental errors in a scientific system, and explain their observations/findings in writing. An introduction to Bertillonage is included along with resources and links.
Students investigate the importance of accurate measurements.  In this sixth through eighth grade geometry lesson, students view Measure for Measure: Lengths and Heights as they explore the history of measurement.  Students use their own feet as a standard measure and then measure and compare distances.    
Students recognize that measuring tools can come in many different shapes and sizes. In this early childhood math lesson, students develop creative-thinking, math, and social skills as they use nontraditional measuring tools.
Learners examine area. In this area measurement instructional activity, students use non-standard units of measurement to find the area of various objects in the classroom. They work in small groups on different measurement activities and present their findings to the class upon completion. There is an assessment and an assignment included in this instructional activity
Fourth graders are introduced to the various types of measurements. Using a recipe, they practice measuring out the correct amount of ingredients while making the food. They also practice using a scale and following the directions on a recipe.
Students measure stuffed animals with various materials such as dog biscuits, paper clips, and yarn. For this measurement lesson, students measure the stuffed animals, and understand the concept of long and short and big and little.
Demonstrate how rain is measured. Pupils will use a rain gauge to measure the amount of rainfall during one week. Then record the data and discuss the results.
Young mathematicians explore data collection and mathematical problem solving. They will work in cooperative groups to determine the height of a tree by measuring several predetermined distances on the ground. They will use the data collected to set up mathematical ratio problems and calculate the height of the tree.
Estimate and explore the length and weight of classroom items using standard measurement and scales. Students will work in groups to determine appropriate measuring tools, weigh or measure items, and record their results on a data chart. They will also participate in a related online activity.
Sixth graders explore measuring lung capacity. In this respiratory system lesson, 6th graders conduct an experiment on their fellow class mates that measures how much air capacity their lungs have. Students record and graph the data collected.
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Shakespeare's Measure for MeasureStudents may check some of their answers online.