November 29, 2020

Introduction to Measurement for 1st and 2nd Grade Students

Helping students with beginning measurement is so important in developing their future measurement and math skills. To begin, having a strong introduction to measurement for 1st and 2nd grade students can make a huge difference in their foundational understanding of measurement! Get started with this introduction to measurement for 1st and 2nd grade students.

Identifying Centimeters and Inches

Understanding the basic units of measurement for length in both metric and customary measurement systems will help your students learn how to use a ruler and have a concept of length. 

To begin, help your students learn how to identify centimeters and inches by using engaging lessons and practice materials. 

 First, the measurement contains practice pages to help students identify inches to the nearest half inch as well as centimeters. In addition to reading a ruler on the page, students make their own markings on an actual correctly scaled ruler. 

 Next, practice identifying inches to the nearest half inch. Not only is this a great way to practice beginning measurement, your students also get a foundation for rounding skills. 

 One reason I love using the introduction to measurement practice pages is to take students from sharing materials. Of course, it's difficult to keep multiple rulers cleaned!  That's why I use practice pages with actual rulers! Then students can do all of their work on paper without worrying about spreading germs!

Click HERE to download this sample freebie!  Your students will love the visual support for identifying inches on a ruler.

Labeling Inches and Centimeters

In addition to identifying inches and centimeters, your students will also learn to label an ruler with inches and centimeters. This shows a deeper understanding of the units of measurement. Labeling activities are ready to go and print on the introduction to measurement practice pages!

Comparing Inches and Centimeters

Going back and forth from customary to metric measurement can be confusing! Use the introduction to measurement practice pages to have your student practice comparing inches and centimeters. 

 First, have your students compare inches and centimeters to decide which measurement in larger. 

Next, use the practice pages to have students find which measurement in centimeters or inches is smaller. This comparison activity helps students with problem-solving and critical thinking skills!

Here is an example on one of my pages comparing inches and centimeters  Like it? Download it HERE. I made this freebie just for you :) 


Drawing and Measuring Lines

Finally, help your students put together everything they've learned about inches and centimeters and draw their own lines! Students draw lines given a certain measurement. 

In addition, your 1st and 2nd graders can measure lines on the paper and then draw a line that is additional centimeters or inches or a shorter length. These activities are ready-to-print and use on the introduction to measurement practice pages!

Extension Activities for Introduction to Measurement

Have your students extend their learning by using their paper or actual rulers to measure things in the classroom or around their own home. Of course, to keep social distancing, students can measure their own materials in their area or even their hands or bottoms of shoes! In addition, ask your students to measure things at home. How long is their bed in centimeters? In inches? Measure the cover of a book or a spoon in the kitchen. 

The possibilities are endless for students to extend their measurement learning! 

 This introduction to measurement for 1st and 2nd grade students will help your students get the foundation they need for measurement instruction! Count on the introduction to measurement practice pages to help your students get started with measurement in the primary math classroom!

You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!

November 10, 2020

Measurement Conversion for 4th and 5th Grade Students 

Measurement Conversion for 4th and 5th Grade students

Measurement can be a confusing concept for upper elementary students, especially when it comes to measurement conversion. Whether you are teaching customary measurements, metric conversions, or both, your students will need practice understanding and applying measurement conversions. 

Having cheat sheets of conversion formulas and patterns can be helpful, but the way my students learn best is through practice! Here are some ways to teach measurement conversion for 4th and 5th grade students.

Use anchor charts.

Eventually, your students may have measurement conversions memorized, but start by having anchor charts with common conversions posted online or in-person for all of your learners to see. 

These charts will help your students understand conversions for customary and metric units.

Here is an example of an anchor chart I use with my students. I created a customary measurement anchor chart and a metric measurement anchor chart.  Below is smaller version of my Customary Measurement Anchor Chart.
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Measurement Conversion Activities with Customary Measurement and Metric Measurement for 4th Fourth Grade Math and 5th Fifth Grade Math

Make Measurement Conversion Relevant.

You can use anchor charts and cheat sheets all day long, but until you help students connect measurement conversion to real life, it doesn't make a lot of sense!

Measurement conversion is one of the most important math concepts for your students to learn. Of course, measurement conversion is used in cooking!  Start by having your students convert recipe ingredients from cups to ounces. 

Another relevant use for measurement conversion is understanding distance. I have a lot of students who love to run! Track and field events are often measured in yards. Have your students convert yards to feet and then miles to see the distance they are running. Measuring short lengths is also important too. Making scale models for class or building things at home is so much easier when students understand how to convert customary and metric lengths.

Practice measurement conversion.

Once students have the formulas and conversion charts available, it's important to practice!  I love to have students practice in a chart form where they can notice the patterns in the numbers.  Many students may be able to see that multiplication is the operation that is used to go from smaller units of measurement to larger units, while division is used to go from larger units of measurement to smaller units of measurement.

CLICK HERE to download this FREEBIE I made just for you.
Measurement Conversion Activities with Customary Measurement and Metric Measurement for 4th Fourth Grade Math and 5th Fifth Grade Math

Using measurement conversion worksheets can be awesome practice for your 4th and 5th grade students. The unit I created on TPT comes with everything you need to help your students with customary and metric measurement conversion for 4th and 5th grade students.
It includes the following...
  • A Student Journal Cover to organize into a mini booklet for your students
  • Anchor Chart for Metric and Customary Units of Measurement (2)
  • Mini Anchor Charts (2)
  • Customary Length

  • Feet to Yards Conversion Practice (2)
  • Feet to Miles Conversion Practice (2)
  • Customary Weight

  • Pounds to Ounces (2)
  • Tons to Pounds (2)
  • Customary Capacity

  • Cups to Fluid Ounces (2)
  • Quarts to Gallons (2)
  • Metric Length

  • Kilometers to Meters
  • Metric Mass

  • Kilograms to grams
  • Temperature

  • Fahrenheit to Celsius
  • Customary Length to Metric Length

  • Inches to cm
  • Mixed Review

  • 2 activities
  • Measurement Word Problems

  • 2 different activities (with 1 additional page that is differentiated with multiple choice options for students that need extra support)
  • True and False

  • Cut Sort Glue                                                                                                                                                  

  • I like to pair these worksheets to practice measurement conversion for 4th and 5th grade students along with hands-on, relevant measurement activities in the classroom and at home. Incorporating recipes, track and field activities, and even finding temperatures in different parts of the world are ways to practice measurement conversion. 

    Using resources like these measurement conversion worksheets that focus on customary and metric measurement conversion will help your students understand different types of measurements and their applications in real life. 

    How will you use these measurement conversion resources in your upper elementary math classroom?
    You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!

    November 9, 2020

    Thanksgiving Math FREE Fun to Entice Your Third Grade Math or Fourth Grade Math Students

    Gobble! Gobble! It is almost turkey time. That means it is time to integrate Thanksgiving FUN with math. The days leading up to the holiday can busy and hectic.  Why not take that time to brush up on multiplication facts.  

    Knowing multiplication facts with instant recall is so important for numerous other math topics including greatest common factors, least common multiples, multiplying integers, and multiplying fractions.   I even use multiplication myself for long division as I think of the inverse operation to help me solve division problems. Full disclosure: I know my multiplication facts faster than my division facts.  Ssssh, don't tell my students. 

    So grab your brightest and most colorful crayons and let's get started!  What a GREAT way to have your Third Grade Math students, Fourth Grade Math or even your Fifth Grade Math students review their multiplication facts for fluency and accuracy than with Multiplication Color by Number Activities?  

    My students love coloring and I love the quiet and calmness it seems to bring in my classroom. I have even been known to play relaxing Enya or slow jazz while children work in small groups or independently on these worksheets.   

    Don't believe me? Try it yourself.  I created this Thanksgiving Multiplication Worksheet just for you.

    CLICK HERE to download this Thanksgiving Multiplication FREEBIE

    If your students enjoyed practicing their multiplication facts with the freebie above, check out these Thanksgiving Multiplication Color by Number Activities on TPT.  Each page focuses on a different factor. So some of your students can be brushing up on their times 2 or times 10 facts, while other students can be focusing on more challenging facts like times 8 or times 12.  

    I say differentiation is key to mathematical confidence and success.

    You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!