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What Does it Mean to Measure?

This video, the first in a series of twelve, is part of the web-based course for K-8 teachers entitled Learning Math: Measurement offered by the Annenberg Foundation. Participants explore procedures for measuring and learn about standard units in the metric and customary systems, the relationships among units, and the approximate nature of measurement. This first video covers measurable attributes, weight and surface area of irregular objects, estimation, precision and accuracy, the independence of area and perimeter, and the choice of unit.
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Contributed by: Suzanne H. Chapin - Author, WGBH Educational Foundation - Initiator, Annenberg Foundation - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Introducing Measurement Concepts K-2This collection of resources is intended to help educators introduce measurement concepts to primary grade students. The resources assist in teaching the concepts of units of measurement, recognizing measurable attributes, comparing sizes, and estimating measurements. Videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans are included. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades 3-5.
Teaching Measurement in Grades 3-5This collection of resources is intended to help educators develop measurement skills and understanding in mathematical and real-world contexts. The resources assist in teaching selection of unit, comparing sizes, estimating, calculating elapsed time, and measuring length, angle, area, and volume. Resource types include videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades K-2.
Math TopicGeometry, Measurement, Number Sense, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade LevelK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeCourse, Lesson Plans, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicProfessional development, Teacher content knowledge
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorSuzanne H. Chapin - Author, WGBH Educational Foundation - Initiator, Annenberg Foundation - Publisher
    • Publication Date2002
    • Rights(c) Annenberg Foundation 2011
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    • AccessAvailable for purchase, Free access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
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      By Mrs. V on 12/06/2012 - 12:49
    • Excellent pd video to begin a unit on measurement. Discussion about attributes of the participants' rocks gave a clear understanding of what is measurable and the activities to determine the "biggest rock" provided a springboard to measure weight, surface area and volume. I had completely forgotten about determining volume with displacement.