Lesson plan

3. Recognize and compare measurement systems (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/2/MD/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/2/MD/A/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP6

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Lesson objective: Solve measurement problems using different systems of measurement.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of measurement to a real-life situation. Students are asked to determine whether their height allows them to go on a ride at an amusement park, as well as evaluate the heights of others.

Key Concept students will use: 

  • different systems of measurement for measuring length, and understand that each system includes different units.

Skills students will use:

  • aligning the length unit and the measured object correctly (Grade 1, Unit 16).

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 6 (Attend to precision) as they measure given heights and explore the metric and customary measurement systems.

Key vocabulary: 

  • foot
  • inch
  • length
  • meter
  • meter stick
  • ruler
  • tape measure
  • tool
  • unit of measure
  • yard
  • yardstick

Special materials needed:

  • centimeter ruler
  • inch ruler
  • meter stick
  • ruler
  • tape measure
  • yardstick