Now that I'm kind of, sort of finished with my fraction unit, I can finally start my favorite math unit of the year-measurement! Finally!! Not everyone is 100% ready to move on from fractions, but we really can't wait another week to get started on measurement. (I'll continue to have my students practice fractions through their morning work and in my small groups.)

I start my measurement unit with reading a ruler to the nearest one-fourth inch. My students typically come to me with a solid foundation of how to read a ruler to the nearest inch, so I'm able to hit the ground running.

I introduced reading a ruler with an interactive notebook activity from Blair Turner's math INB packet. In the entry, students label a large ruler with 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 increments of each inch. I like tying this lesson into reading and labeling fractions on a number line.

Then, I gave my students some very basic independent practice. This allowed me to see who needed a little extra work. One of the most common mistakes was confusing which whole number to write, so I've addressed that with those who need it. I made two of these worksheets, so I could use the additional copy to reassess as needed.

Once I felt like the majority of the class was ready to dive-in to some authentic measurement activities, we completed two simple activities that were fun for students. In one activity,

students measured the lengths of different objects around the classroom. They found the length of a book, scissors, glue bottle, and glue stick. They also measured the length and width of a piece of notebook paper. I tried to choose common objects that would be easily accessible, as well as objects that would not be too difficult to measure. Some students tried to round all of their measurements to the nearest inch, rather than the nearest one-fourth inch, so we had to work on that a little. I also saw some students wanting to add one-fourth to all of their measurements, so I had to explain what it meant to measure to the nearest one-fourth inch.

We also completed a scavenger hunt by finding items with a given measurement. I've done something like this in the past, but this had a little twist, because of the measurements with 1/2, 1/4, and 3/4 inches. This was by far my students' favorite activity.

Today, students created a line plot by measuring ten pencils to the nearest 1/4 inch (I can't believe I forgot to take a picture). They recorded the length of each pencils in the table on the top of their page. Then, students used that information to create a line plot to show the lengths of the pencils. At the bottom of the page, students asked two questions that could be answered by using the line plot. Ex: How many pencils were longer than five inches?

Tomorrow, I hope to have students complete a similar assignment with a bit less structure to give them a little more practice with measurement and line plots. For those Common Core teachers out there, the standard this is working toward is 3.MD.4...can you tell I like that one?!

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