Measure-Thon - Measurement Project Based Learning

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This math simulation is the perfect culminating activity and alternative assessment to measure your students’ understanding of second grade length measurement concepts.

During the Measure-Thon math simulation, your students (AKA Mathletes) will compete in four measuring events. They will test their physical strength as they blow, kick, flick and toss a small puff ball through the air, and their mental power as they measure the distance their puff ball travels using centimeters, inches and feet. Here are the steps your students will take as they work towards becoming a champion Mathlete:

★ Warm Up (students learn everything they need to know to compete)

★ Locker Room (students meet their team & gather equipment before competing)

★ Competition (students compete in all four events, measure, and record their results)

★ Team Meeting (students add their results to the class graphs and analyze their data)

★ Award Ceremony (event champions and participants receive awards)



Teacher Guide - A detailed 5-page guide that walks you through every step of running a successful Measure-Thon in your classroom.

Event Signs - Four signs to help you create your Measure-Thon stations. Each sign gives students detailed instructions for how to complete each event so all measurements are fair and accurate.

Measure-Thon Visuals - Instructional slides that introduce each part of the simulation so students understand the context of the activity and know the expectations for the simulation.

Student Printables - reproducible pages that guide students through the process of recording recording their measurements during the blow, toss, flick, and kick events. Students then proceed to answer a series of math word problems that show their ability to analyze measurements and model their thinking when making measurement computations. Word problems include addition, subtraction, estimation, and comparison.

Class Graph Printables - A large bar graph template designed to be printed on 11” x 17” paper so students can record their measurement data for all their classmates to analyze so each student can complete the comparison word problems.

Awards - Printable awards that can be given to all students who participate in this math simulation. Award templates include Meaure-Thon Champion, Kick Event Champion, Flick Event Champion, Blow Event Champion, Toss Event Champion, and Measure-Thon Participant.



★ One ruler for each student (or yard stick)

★ One puff ball/pom pom for each student (crumpled paper balls also work)



This math simulation requires the application of students’ knowledge of length measurement using rulers. Throughout the process of the Measure-Thon simulation, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through an interactive math event.

Every step of the Measure-Thon learning experience is outlined in a teacher guide that includes clear visuals and step-by-step instructions.

The format of this simulation gives students the opportunity to exercise the standards for mathematical practice, apply math in real world situations, and display understanding in unique and engaging ways.

The format of this project based learning guide makes it an ideal resource for:

★ At your seat & hands on enrichment during math workshop or guided math

★ Math center work

★ Parent volunteer or teacher’s aide enrichment station

★ A focal point for a measurement room transformation



Students who have mastered the ability to measure length in centimeters, inches, and feet using a ruler will have the opportunity to extend their learning and deepen their understanding of length measurement through this math simulation.

This simulation will help them solidify the measurement skills they’ve mastered through real world problem solving rather than being bogged down with worksheets or busy work.

This project also serves as a wonderful alternative assessment that allows you to measure student understanding on a deeper level as a culmination to your length measurement unit.



This simulation is designed with student independence in mind. Detailed instructions and visuals are provided for students so they can carry out their simulation with maximum independence. You can guide them as needed, and meet closely with students who need more scaffolding and support.



Want to incorporate a hands-on activity into your measuring length unit, but crunched for instructional time?

This resource makes prep a breeze, and makes implementation seamless. The detailed instructions and carefully-planned student visuals and recordings sheets make it easy for students to complete their simulation with maximum independence.



♥ “I used this as a cumulative review at the end of our measurement chapter. My kids had so much fun! Everyone was engaged, and everyone was able to fully participate. Perfect activity. Thank you!” - Elizabeth P.

♥ “Oh my goodness... talk about engagement!! My kids LOVED this activity! I was also observed for OTES during one of the days, so I appreciated the standards and stations posters to give clear direction! Thank you!” - Kacie B.

♥ “I love this project and how it involves all of the students! We did this for a week following our measurement unit as a review for our upcoming test. I will continue to use this every year!” - Elise V.

♥ “This is a fantastic resource to use with students to emphasize skills in measurement. I found this when I was looking for additional resources to use after our measurement unit and love how this is laid out.” - Caitlin A.

♥ “My kids went crazy for this!” - Ashley L.



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.


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