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From a young age, kids learn concepts about measurement as they study about length, mass, temperature, capacity, and so on, of most objects in their daily lives. In this lesson, children will know more about measuring and estimating lengths in standard units.
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Key Facts & Information
MEASURING LENGTHS BY ITERATING UNITS: A REVIEW
- One way to know the length of a certain object is by using another object, a smaller one, and layering it end to end to know the length of the first object.
- When you layer the shorter objects, make sure to layer them without any gaps and to layer them without any overlaps.
NON-STANDARD VS STANDARD UNITS
- The use of non-standard units lets children focus on the attribute being measured. For example, square tiles are used to measure the area, which suggests that area involves finding the number of square units needed to cover a given surface.
- As they familiarize themselves with these non-standard units, they start to discover ways to create basic measurement tools. For instance, they might use interlocking paper clips in a row to construct a non-standard ruler, or they might use cups to measure the capacity of a bucket.
- Standard units are the foundation of measurement. When kids are introduced to these units, the use of non-standard units should be totally wiped out. Non-standard units should just be used when the use of standard units is unnecessary.
- Measurement tools, such as rulers, graduated cylinders, thermometers, and tape measures, have been made to easily measure objects.
- Having measurement sense involves knowing which units are used to measure a given attribute. This also involves understanding the steps involved in measuring, such as identifying the attribute that needs to be measured, choosing the appropriate unit for measuring an attribute, identifying the specific measurement, etc.
- Length is how long or how far away something is.
- We know that one standard unit of length is meter, which is written in short as m. A meter is divided into 100 equal parts.
- Each part is named centimeter and written in short as cm. Thus, 1 m = 100 cm.
- The long distances are measured in kilometer, which is written in short as km. A kilometer is equal to 1000 meters. 1000 m = 1 km
- Another standard unit of length is inches, which is written in short as in. 12 in = 1 foot
- Aside from being used to make straight lines, a ruler is a tool in measuring the length of objects. It is usually 12 inches long. A ruler is a foot long. A meter stick or yardstick is 36 inches or 3 feet long. Thus, three 12-inch rulers make 1 meter stick.
- Measure with a ruler or tape measure. Find an object or distance between two points you want to measure. Rulers and yardsticks are better to use on hard and flat surfaces. Seamstress’ tape is best used as a flexible tool, such as getting the measurements of a person for a clothing. Long distances, on the other hand, can be measured using a measuring tape.
- Place the zero end of your ruler at the endpoint of your object. This is usually done on the leftmost part of the ruler. Make sure the end of your ruler is aligned with your object.
- Move to the opposite side of the object you are measuring. In this step, you will now read the ruler to measure the object’s length. Read the last number on your ruler that is alongside the object. Count the number of fraction marks (dashes) if the object you are measuring goes beyond the last whole number.
- Estimating is the fine art of guessing. This is an important skill, as kids learn to judge tentatively or approximately the value, worth, or significance of something.
- 1 inch is about the size of a bottle cap.
- 1 foot is equal to 12 inches. It’s about the size of a hammer.
- 1 yard is equal to 3 feet, which is equal to 36 inches. It’s about the width of a door.
- Length can be measured in three different terms, which are inches, feet, and yards.
- Inch is the smallest term. The distance between your thumb and your knuckle is about an inch.
Measuring and Estimating Lengths in Standard Units Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the measuring and estimating lengths in standard units across 29 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Measuring and Estimating Lengths in Standard Units worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the concepts about measurement as they study about length, mass, temperature, capacity, and so on, of most objects in their daily lives. In this lesson, children will know more about measuring and estimating lengths in standard units.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Lesson Plan
- Measuring and Estimating Lengths in Standard Units
- Arrange Them
- Measurement Test
- Expectation vs Reality
- Estimate and Measure
- Measure It!
- Inches and Centimeters
- Compare the Length
- Estimate It!
- Estimating Distances
- Make a Ruler
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