Thursday, March 15, 2012

Measurement with meters

Boy...are our standards confusing!  My team and I have spent quite a bit of time gathering activities that are hands-on, content rich and cover the standards for Virginia.  Are you as frustrated as we are about the multitude of measurement info that we bombard our students with?   We have been working on length and need our students to understand....Metric units (mm, cm, m and km) as well as their relationship to US Standard Units (1/2, 1/4, 1/8 of an inch, foot, yard, mile).  Phew it is confusing!

This week we did several activities...including the setting the need for a standard with different sized straws as well as measuring things around the room with centimeters.  Both of these activities are from FOSS's Measurement kit and the new 3rd edition Measurement and Matter kit. 

I love the meter stick that we make with this unit.  You can find it for FREE here... along with all the other worksheets for the unit!

The kids can each make their own and it is easy to use in the classroom, outside or at home!

Hope you can use this resource!


  1. Oh my gosh, measurement is the last unit we do in math before the SOLs hit. In other words, we're supposed to be doing measurement right now. Thanks for this!

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