[2015] Sarah Powers: Measurement Experiences

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[2015] Sarah Powers: Measurement Experiences

Measurement Experiences

Linear MeasurementMeasuring with centimeter rulers to the whole and half unit.See Attachment 1

This unit provides students hands- on experiences with measurement. Students are given the opportunity to use various tools as well as time to investigate the relative sizes of various units of measurement.

A unit pre-assessment will help guide and pace teaching. The same assessment will be used to demonstrate student growth.Students will be assessed throughout teaching via online activities, group/independent work, and the completion of their stick figure poster.

Volume & CapacityIdentify benchmarks for cup, quart, gallon, millitier, and liter.See Attachment 3

How I Measure Up (1)Accurately measure parts of the body and record using unit labels.See Attachment 4

How I Measure Up (2) Use measurements to create a stick figure poster.See Attachment 5

student books, home connections book, measuring tapes, scales, dry beans, clay, various classroom objects, precut strips of paper, butch paper, glue sticks, scissors, colored pictures of students, rulers, ziploc bags, butter knife, cutting board, various recycled plastic containers

Mass/WeightIdentify benchmarks for gram, kilogram and ounce, pound.See Attachment 2

AuthorSarah Powers



Through this unit students were exposed to various forms of measurement. This exposure resulted in a better understanding and ability to accurately measure using several different units. It is important to note that many of the concepts introduced are complex and that students have been given an opportunity to expand their understanding but were not expected to fully grasp all the elements of measurement.


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Students will demonstrate an understanding of linear measurement, mass, weight, and liquid volume as well as practice using various tools for meaurement. Students will also identify the relationship between various units of measurement, i.e., kg/g, cm/m, and oz/lb.


What I learned through teaching:1. Students need to know why they are learning. I found using "I Can..." statements at the start of each lesson very beneficial.2. Students have greater success when they are provided with hands-on experiences. 3. Analyzing student data helps identify those who need additional instruction. This method was used to create work groups, one of which was working directly with me. 4. Preparation is key! Knowing the content enabled me to answer questions and clear up misconceptions. 5. Knowing the group of students provides valuable information for designing and implementing unit plans.

Teaching Reflection


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