Measuring Length

My second graders are learning how to measure length using standard units, such as inches and centimeters.  There are so many fun activities to help students really understand measurement!

Get out your rulers, tape measures, and yard sticks and follow me around this unit!

Start with the hands on activities:  Show your students how to use rulers, and practice together.  In all my years experience, the most common errors are when students start at 1 (instead of Zero) or start at the ruler before the Zero. It is important to explicitly teach students to start at Zero and follow up to make sure students are using the rulers correctly.

Give each table group a basket of objects like glue sticks, crayons, and more to measure.  Let the students measure each others shoes and hold discussions to compare units of length!

Make an anchor chart to help students organize their ideas!  Here is a good one: Click the picture to go to the websites with ideas!

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Online Games: Click the pictures to be directed to these great games!

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Practice Pages: Click here for some great activities:

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