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How can we know the length of something without actually measuring it? We can use indirect measurement. One way to measure lengths indirectly is by using proportions or by using an object and then using that object’s identified length to know the length of the other object.
See the fact file below for more information on the measuring lengths indirectly and by iterating units or alternatively, you can download our 31-page Measuring Lengths Indirectly and by Iterating Units worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- 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.
- For example, we want to know the length (in units) of the green bar.
- We have a short bar measuring 2 units.
- What we can do is layer the shorter bars.
- Notice that by layering the shorter bars, we get the same length as the longer bar.
- Since we have 6 shorter bars of 2 units each, the total length of the layered bar is 12 units. Therefore, the longer bar has a measurement of 12 units.
- When you layer the shorter objects, make sure to layer them without any gaps or overlaps.
- Without measuring the definite lengths of objects, we can still order them by their lengths.
- For example, we have the three sticks presented.
- In the first case, we do not have any idea of the measurement of any of them. What we can do is arrange them in such a way that we have a better view of their lengths.
Measuring Lengths Indirectly and by Iterating Units Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the measuring lengths indirectly and by iterating units across 31 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Measuring Lengths Indirectly and by Iterating Units worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the indirect measurement. One way to measure lengths indirectly is by using proportions or by using an object and then using that object’s identified length to know the length of the other object.
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- Lesson Plan
- Measuring Lengths Indirectly and by Iterating Units
- Measure It
- Compare Them
- Arrange the Items
- The Correct One
- Smaller Ones
- Answer Them All
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