Customary measurement practice can be fun! Take your students on a mathematical adventure with Jack and the Beanstalk. As the fairy tale unfolds, situations involving customary measurement must be solved. Students will encounter problems involving elapsed time, capacity (pints, quarts, and gallons), weight (ounces and pounds), and length (inches, feet, and yards). They will add, subtract, multiply, divide, compare, and solve multi-step problems.
The sixteen-page original book, Jack and the Beanstalk: An Adventure in Customary Measurement, is provided in two grayscale formats: full-size (8.5 x 11 inches) or in a half-size foldable version. Answers are also provided.
The following Common Core State Standards are addressed:
• 3.MD.A.1 – Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes.
• 4.MD.A.1 – Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.
• 5.MD.A.1 – Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system, and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
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Graphics for Jack and the Beanstalk were created as a part of the Works Progress Administration and are in the public domain.