Measuring Length Centres: From non-standard to standard - Metrics Only

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This complete 25 page file includes seven activities for everything you need to introduce non-standard unit measuring and then transition your students to standard length measuring, with metrics.

How can I use this product?
Really helps solidify the concept through hands-on activities, games, and centres. Most of the activities are most appropriate for second grade. First graders can certainly use the non-standard activities and third graders can use all of them for review.

What is included?
The PDF file contains:
*Page 1-3 - Cover page, copyright info, & Common Core Standards (1-3 grades)
*Page 4-10 - Non-standard measuring activity instructions & worksheets
*Page 11 - Discussion Suggestions
*Page 12 - Make your own meter stick
*Page 13-14 - Metric units measuring activity & worksheets
*Page 15 - Measuring Station activity & worksheet
*Page 16 - Measuring Scavenger Hunt activity
*Page 17 - My Measuring Book Foldable - Metrics
*Page 18 - I have…Who Has Instructions
*Page 19-25 - 24 I have…Who Has Game cards (customary/metrics) Questions like “How many centimetres in 10 metres?” This activity is good for a review for 3rd graders, and for thinking for 2nd graders, as it has do to some mental multiplying and division, but by 10s or 100s.

Materials required in addition to this file:
Copies of all the worksheets for each student
Non-standard units (toothpicks, paperclips,or whatever else you have) You do need to have centimeter cubes or tiles. Alternatively you can cut out centimeter squares from cardstock.
Variety of items for the measuring station (scissors, paintbrushes, anything really)

Please download the preview to see examples of all the activities. Some clipart from

NOTE: Most of these activities are geared towards 2nd grade, but can easily be modified for 3rd grade, by having your students use 1/4 and 1/2.

What are teachers saying?
"Great addition to our measuring unit! Lots of fun ideas." - randiroo

Is this available in a bundle as well?
No, not at this time.

Do you have other products that are related?
Please check out my other Measuring Length Center with US Customary and Metrics!

What standards are addressed?
Common Core Standards:
Measurement and Data
Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.
1.MD.2: Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.

Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
2.MD.1: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
2.MD.2: 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.
2.MD.3: Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
2.MD.4: Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
Relate addition and subtraction to length.
2.MD.5: 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.
2.MD.6: Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2, ..., and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.

3.MD.4: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units—whole numbers, halves, or quarters.
Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.

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