Measurement System Teacher Resources

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Students practice measuring items. In this measurement lesson, students read the book Measuring Penny and create their own system of measurement. Students measure various items in the classroom, using their creative measurement system.
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.
Teenagers in this engaging video explore different ancient measurement systems. Footage of the teens and computer animations combine to stimulate viewers' interest. The metric system is interchangeably referred to as the decimal system in this video. The ease of use as compared to United States standard units is explained. Use this when beginning a measurement unit in your math or science curriculum. Then, ask your kids why they think the US hasn't changed measuring systems.
Students design a roller coaster and demonstrate their knowledge of Potential and Kinetic Energy. They determine the average velocity a given marble travels on their roller coaster and apply their knowledge of various measurement systems by converting the average velocity from cm per second to miles per hour.
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.
Students explore the history of measurement in ancient Egypt. In this math lesson, students discuss the development of a standardized measurement system. Students measure using various units and discuss the results and the need for a standardized measure.
Students identify various units of measurement. In this measurement instructional activity, students learn several chants that combine metric vocabulary words and actions to reinforce the concepts learned.
In this physics instructional activity, students complete 11 short answer questions related to general metrology. They define basic metrological terms.
Middle schoolers investigate the importance of accurate measurements.  In this sixth through eighth grade geometry instructional activity, 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.    
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.
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.
Students 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. Students discuss the massive heights of tsunamis and utilize many distance related vocabulary terms.
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.
Elementary schoolers learn about metric units and how they are used by engineers. They learn how engineers use the units to measure mass, distance, and volume. Then, they estimate measurements of units, and compare them to actual measurements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.