Measurement and Data

Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.

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This 46-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the grade 1 level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades K and 2-5. | Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials Grade Level: 1 | |

This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support first grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) and Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The activities were designed to measure students' ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. Resources are listed for specific grade 1 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route. | Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials Grade Level: 1 | |

This page provides examples of 1st Grade Measurement and Data activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A CCSS standard is stated and the possible activities are listed below and linked. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group, or whole class settings and are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. Instructions for each task are typed in large print and written in child-friendly language to enable students to work on activities independently after a brief introduction to the task. All files for 1st Grade Measurement and Data Activities listed are in PDF format. | Activity Grade Level: 1 | |

This hands-on activity helps students develop spatial sense and scaling concepts. Students use interlocking cubes to build first a chair and then a table of appropriate size for the chair. The student goes on to build two other sets of chairs and tables to make three different sizes in all. The Teachers' Notes page includes suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, and ideas for extension. | Activity Grade Level: K, 1, 2 | |

In this five page NCTM article, the author details the experience of a kindergarten class collecting data on a nature walk. The author describes the process of determining how the class would collect data and what kind of data they would collect. In this particular activity the class was collecting measurement data. | Reference Materials, Article Grade Level: K, 1, 2 | |

With this flexible Flash applet students can explore a wide range of concepts, including addition and subtraction, factors and multiples, fractions, ratios, and combinations. Users place, move and rotate virtual Cuisenaire Rods on a grid which can be enlarged, reduced, moved or printed. It contains a link to page of challenges which can take advantage of this tool. | Activity, Interactive Media Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | |

This narrative document describes the progression of Geometric Measurement across the K-5 grade band. It is informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. The document discusses the most important goals for elementary geometric measurement. Among those are recognizing measurable attributes, comparing, connecting with number, estimating, and differentiating linear measurement from area and volume. | Reference Materials, Article Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Resource is part of a PD collection | |

This blog post presents a Thanksgiving activity that engages learners as they practice measuring with nonstandard units and comparing lengths. Learners use unifix cubes to measure the heights of four turkeys then compare and arrange them in order from shortest to tallest. The last part of the activity has students measuring Tom Turkey to determine which clothing he should be dressed in for dinner. The lesson plan and all student worksheets can be downloaded to a PDF. | Activity, Community Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1 | |

This page contains 26 application problems in measurement from the Port Angeles School District in Washington state. Links to state GLEs and revised standards are provided. Topics covered include money, time, length and temperature. | Problem Set Grade Level: 1, 2, 3 | |

The activities in this four-lesson unit enable students to use their knowledge of number, measurement, and geometry to solve interesting problems. Planning and visualizing, estimating and measuring, and testing and revising are components of the ladybug activities. Students design "virtual paths" that enable a ladybug to either hide under a leaf or go through a maze. They develop navigational skills by testing their path and revising it. Two interactive Java applets (Ladybug Mazes and Hiding Ladybug, cataloged separately) support student solutions. | Interactive Media, Unit of Instruction Grade Level: K, 1, 2 |