Measurement System Teacher Resources
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The Royal Cubit
Young scholars explore the history of measurement in ancient Egypt. For this math lesson, students discuss the development of a standardized measurement system. Young scholars measure using various units and discuss the results and the need for a standardized measure.
Eighth graders locate and find the actual distance between two cities at the Web site Yahoo Maps. Using a printout of the digital map and a ruler or tape measure, they calculate the distance between the two cities.
In this physics activity, students complete 11 short answer questions related to general metrology. They define basic metrological terms.
Measure for Measure: Lenghts and Heights
Middle schoolers 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. Middle schoolers use their own feet as a standard measure and then measure and compare distances.
Students participate in a Metric Olympics event and use metric measurements to measure actual performances in their events. They throw a plastic straw for a javelin event, participate in a long jump and high jump event, and a variety of other measurement events. Students then calculate the average performance for each event.
Measurement and Estimation
Second graders explore estimation and measurement. In this estimation and measurement lesson, 2nd graders use footsteps to measure distances around the classroom. Students sing songs to measure the number of beats from one area to the next. Students then use measuring devices to measure the actual distance.
Measuring Where We Sit In The Universe
Students investigate scientific measurement. They use a variety of scales to do the job and communicate the results correctly. The teacher uses socratic questioning throughout the lesson checking for comprehension. Students measure some of the objects in the room.
Measure for Measure: Lengths and Heights
Middle schoolers explore measuring tools by calculating heights and lengths of random objects. In this distance measurement lesson, students utilize the Internet service MapQuest to measure the distance between their current towns and many other popular destinations. Middle schoolers discuss the massive heights of tsunamis and utilize many distance related vocabulary terms.
Scale Up or Down
Seventh graders use polygons to create scale drawings on quarter-inch grid paper, while making conversions within the same measurement system. They focus on how the length of the sides of the original figure relates to the length of the second figure and determine an appropriate scale factor for their drawings.
Area and Volume Metric Conversions
Students convert units of area and volume within the metric measurement system. They build models of square and cubic centimeters using centimeter grid paper. Students describe the attributes of the unit and what it measures.
Third graders select appropriate units for measuring and solving problems in customary systems, identify equivalent measures within measurement system, and estimate, determine, record, and discuss weight using appropriate customary measuring tools and units.
Making Simple Conversions
Fourth graders investigate the concept of converting mathematical units that are found in a measurement system. The creation of visual models makes the lesson adaptable for many different types of learners.
Customary Measurement Conversions
Fifth graders discover in hands-on activities the relationships between the measures. They work in groups to create conversion tables using familiar measuring tools. Students solve problems requiring conversions.
Customary Measurement Conversions
Fifth graders study measurement conversions in hands-on activities. In this measurement conversions lesson, 5th graders create a KWL chart about measuring liquids. Students participate in hands on activities using liquid measurements. Students create conversion tables and use them to complete the Customary Measurement Conversions.
Classification of Clouds
Students view a cloud slide show presentation and identify types of clouds. They estimate height based on cloud's appearance. They discuss the vague nature of cloud nomenclature and compare it to the English standard measurement system.
Measuring Elapsed Time
Fifth graders convert units within the same measurement system and be able to determine elapsed time. They are given a start time and an end time of a game. Students determine the amount of elapsed time from the data that is given.
English Measurement System
Students determine how to convert measurement. In this English Measurement lesson, students discover interesting facts about the history of measurement. Students study formulas and practice using them.
Geometry - Measurement
Students review the procedure for determining appropriate types of measurements for given situations and measurement conversions. They figure perimeter, area, and volume of 2 and 3 dimensional objects.
Students discover the need for a universal measurement system. They practice using basic metric units in measuring distance and weight.
Eighth graders demonstrate an understanding of standard and metric systems of measurement. They demonstrate an understanding of the basic math operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.