Introduction to Measuring Length

In our Introduction to Measuring Length lesson plan, students learn how to measure the length of an object. Students practice ordering objects by length and finding the relative length of an object using a smaller object to measure it.

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Our Introduction to Measuring Length lesson plan teaches students the basics of measuring lengths, including how to make length comparisons and how to express those comparisons in the correct way. During this lesson, students are asked to use a paperclip to measure five objects in their desk or backpack and record them in a table. Students are also asked to rank objects by relative length, with “1” being the shortest and “3” being the longest, demonstrating their understanding of how to rank objects by length.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to order three objects by length and express the length of an object as a whole number by using a smaller object with which to measure.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.4

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1st Grade, 2nd Grade