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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn measurement and to plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts of both standard and metric measurement. Be sure to include some measurement activities during special sporting events such as the Olympics, World Series, or Super Bowl to give special relevance to your measurement “units”!

 

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Runways and Takeoff - Bob McMahon

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3 to 5
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At this website, students are presented with a unique problem solving activity. The user of this site becomes the pilot of a 747. Students must calculate the correct ...more
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At this website, students are presented with a unique problem solving activity. The user of this site becomes the pilot of a 747. Students must calculate the correct weight on board the airplane by converting pounds to tons and then the students need to determine the correct runway length (to the nearest foot). There is an individual and group activity provided.

tag(s): addition (251), air (163), estimation (46), measurement (159), multiplication (227), problem solving (272)

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This website includes a lesson plan, NCTM math standards and a unique group activity. Use an interactive whiteboard to make this airplane adventure a class project.

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Go Fly a Kite - Charlie Dunton

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3 to 8
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This lesson plan allows the students to create a virtual kite. There are also instructions for creating actual kites. This lesson includes problem solving, basic math computations,...more
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This lesson plan allows the students to create a virtual kite. There are also instructions for creating actual kites. This lesson includes problem solving, basic math computations, measuring, using a grid and more! This site also allows students to meet a professional kite builder.

tag(s): estimation (46), measurement (159)

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This is a great spring activity to reinforce math skills! If you don't have enough time to do it in class, share it on your teacher web site for students to try at home.

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Introduction To Measurement For Primary Students - Varnelle Moore

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K to 2
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This unit on measurement provides the teacher with five lesson plans and standards. Each lesson includes technology, pen/paper, manipulatives and literature. This unit is easy to...more
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This unit on measurement provides the teacher with five lesson plans and standards. Each lesson includes technology, pen/paper, manipulatives and literature. This unit is easy to follow and has unique activities (check out the building houses activity).

tag(s): integers (41), measurement (159)

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Students are sure to enjoy the interactive activities provided - be sure to get a projector or interactive whiteboard.

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PEEP and the Big Wide World - WGBH Educational Foundation

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K to 2
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Follow Peep, the inquisitive, newly hatched fowl, as he embarks on a series of adventures involving patterns, colors, balancing, sound, memory and more. Click on the "Interactive Games"...more
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Follow Peep, the inquisitive, newly hatched fowl, as he embarks on a series of adventures involving patterns, colors, balancing, sound, memory and more. Click on the "Interactive Games" link to browse through the selections, there are currently ten. This site also includes an extensive collection of science lessons and printable coloring pages (see Activities and More ). The Peep Explorers Guide offers teachers three "ready to go" units. This site requires Flash. The lesson plans and unit require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colors (79), measurement (159), patterns (85), preK (281), sound (101)

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Let Peep help make your lessons even better! Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share this site. Then set this site up as a learning center during your L.A., math, or science lesson block. Be sure to use the free lesson plans with your class. The science activities are quick and easy. Why not highlight one in each of your class newsletters? Be sure to list this link on your teacher website.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Measure to the nearest Half-Inch

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This multimedia tutorial helps clear up confusion when measuring and rounding to the nearest half-inch. Using a virtual ruler and audio-visual examples, the site carefully explains...more
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This multimedia tutorial helps clear up confusion when measuring and rounding to the nearest half-inch. Using a virtual ruler and audio-visual examples, the site carefully explains the measurement process and provides authentic examples.

tag(s): measurement (159), rounding (22)

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This brief activity would work well projected on an interactive white board. Let students measure and record their findings on the board as they progress through the tutorial as a class.

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Time to Move - PBS

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1 to 3
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It's time to relocate the fish, and two tanks are available. Using measurement skills, students must categorize and assign the aquatic creatures to the right location. Catch each fish...more
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It's time to relocate the fish, and two tanks are available. Using measurement skills, students must categorize and assign the aquatic creatures to the right location. Catch each fish using a virtual net, measure it, and compare it with the lengths of fish listed in a chart to determine placement.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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A Maths Dictionary for Kids - Jenny Eather

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2 to 8
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A Maths Dictionary for Kids is a fantastic animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains over 600 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language....more
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A Maths Dictionary for Kids is a fantastic animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains over 600 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language. Enter the site using the link on the home page and choose (or browse) math terms. Math terms come to life with a click of the mouse! Virtually all terms have an animated or interactive component - for example, choose quadrilateral to view a definition along with an image of a quadrilateral, the next button changes the quadrilateral to a square along with the new definition, choose next again to see the square change to a rhombus, and so on. Virtually all standard math terms are included so users are likely to find anything they want along with some new terms! A link is included at the bottom of each section to print each definition easily.

Another wonderful portion of the site is a new section titled Math Charts. Search this portion by choosing from areas such as numbers, operations, decimals, or much more then choose one of the sub-topics. Each chart includes a visual description of the topic and is specifically created to be printed for classroom use, choose the print button at the bottom of the page and the content will enlarge to fill the most it can in whatever size paper is chosen. Be sure not to miss the blackline masters located at the bottom of this section that contain many printables for classroom use such as fraction strips, hundreds charts, and much more.

tag(s): addition (251), charts and graphs (195), data (148), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), measurement (159), money (193), multiplication (227), order of operations (33), percent (82), ratios (53), subtraction (208), time (144)

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The math charts are a wonderful resource for classroom bulletin boards, wall decorations, and more - simply laminate for increased durability. Print onto standard sized paper for use in math notebooks or journals. Create a scavenger hunt for students to perform to find words in the math dictionary, have students write definitions and illustrations in math notebooks. View the site using your interactive whiteboard when discussing, introducing, or reviewing math concepts. Share this site through your classroom website or newsletter for reference at home. Share with ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers as a resource to use with students.
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Building a Pyramid - Drexel University

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6 to 8
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This hands-on activity helps students make that all-important leap from nets to geometric solids. The goal: to construct a scale model of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Beginning with a...more
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This hands-on activity helps students make that all-important leap from nets to geometric solids. The goal: to construct a scale model of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Beginning with a blank sheet of paper and using scissors and a ruler, students must accurately cut, measure, and fold to construct the pyramid. For an added challenge, have students complete the bonus activity which asks them to calculate the pyramid's surface area and volume. Aligned to Standards.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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A Tale of Two Stories

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Familiar fairy tales and math skills come together in this unit plan that emphasizes critical thinking and mathematical reasoning. Using The Three Little Pigs, students must complete...more
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Familiar fairy tales and math skills come together in this unit plan that emphasizes critical thinking and mathematical reasoning. Using The Three Little Pigs, students must complete a variety of hands-on activities involving estimation, graphing, spatial perception, and measurement skills. Classification skills come into play with a compare/contrast analysis of several versions of Cinderella. An impressive and motivating set of activities. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195)

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Shape and Space in Geometry - Annenberg/CPB

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Improve your students' understanding of geometric concepts with this outstanding site that strengthens spatial skills. Start by perusing the excellent background information for teachers...more
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Improve your students' understanding of geometric concepts with this outstanding site that strengthens spatial skills. Start by perusing the excellent background information for teachers that highlights the importance of geometry in math education, then investigate the collection of interactive classroom activities designed to provide concrete practice with abstract concepts. The first set of activities is concerned with identifying properties of shapes; the second focuses on visualizing how objects will look when moved. Check out the overviews for each activity which describe the rationale and connection to NCTM Standards.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), measurement (159), space (205), symmetry (55)

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Share the one or more of the interactive activities with your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then set up a computer station for students to rotate through and practice the activities on their own.

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Math Review Games - Houghton Mifflin

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2 to 4
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their...more
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their mouse over textual information to hear it read aloud. The games require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Learning about Length, Perimeter, Area, and Volume - NCTM

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6 to 8
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Students can play with these interactive figures to discover how side length, perimeter, and area are related. A second activity focuses on edge lengths, surface areas, and volumes....more
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Students can play with these interactive figures to discover how side length, perimeter, and area are related. A second activity focuses on edge lengths, surface areas, and volumes. Both are based on the Geometry standards for grades 6 - 8.

tag(s): measurement (159), perimeter (32), volume (45)

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Follow the directions in the Tasks area for use and directions on how to manipulate the shapes.

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Send in the Trolls - Educational Broadcasting Corporation

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1 to 2
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Find the perfect troll to send to the Cyber Beauty Contest. Using visual measurement skills and decision-making skills, students must click and drag to order trolls from tallest to...more
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Find the perfect troll to send to the Cyber Beauty Contest. Using visual measurement skills and decision-making skills, students must click and drag to order trolls from tallest to shortest. Very cute educational game for early elementary students!

tag(s): counting (120), measurement (159)

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Math-Kitecture

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8 to 12
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Real life applications of math are explored through a collection of activities that engage student in learning about architecture. Skills involving estimation, measurement, proportion,...more
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Real life applications of math are explored through a collection of activities that engage student in learning about architecture. Skills involving estimation, measurement, proportion, and ratios combine as students draft a "to-scale" floor plan of their classroom. The site provides sample plans, instructions on using computer software to complete the activity, and a collection of links to other Web resources on architecture and mathematics. Related activities involve finding geometric shapes in buildings, designing a bedroom, and using a virtual 3-D model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water home to estimate surface area and volume. Visit the Teacher Notes for downloadable lesson plans, ideas, and reviews of the site. Links to standards are included.

tag(s): estimation (46), measurement (159), ratios (53)

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Dictionary of Units

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This online dictionary of units of measurement is a handy resource for understanding the differences between the international system, the metric system, and U.S. system of measures....more
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This online dictionary of units of measurement is a handy resource for understanding the differences between the international system, the metric system, and U.S. system of measures. Discussions concerning conversions from one system to another are provided along with 40 different calculators (each devoted to converting units in a particular category) and a helpful downloadable pocket guide.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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Pour to Score - PBS

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Test your students' knowledge of fractions, measurements, basic math skills, and logic in this interactive pouring game. Students must transfer liquid, empty and refill containers to...more
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Test your students' knowledge of fractions, measurements, basic math skills, and logic in this interactive pouring game. Students must transfer liquid, empty and refill containers to achieve the correct volumes needed to win the game. Use as an independent math enrichment activity.

tag(s): logic (235), measurement (159), volume (45)

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Weather Lesson Plans

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This site was developed by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and provides lessons on the atmosphere, ocean, weather, climate and climate change. The...more
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This site was developed by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and provides lessons on the atmosphere, ocean, weather, climate and climate change. The climate lesson plans listed in this section use a variety of resources to help inform students about the diverse world of both basic and advanced scientific phenomena.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Math Manipulatives - Measurement - Utah State University

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9 to 12
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This collection of on-screen math manipulatives is part of an extensive collection developed at Utah State University with funding from the National Science Foundation. Students can...more
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This collection of on-screen math manipulatives is part of an extensive collection developed at Utah State University with funding from the National Science Foundation. Students can build an understanding of math concepts by moving and arranging the components on the screen. These exercises help high school students understand measurement, area, unit conversions, volume, etc.

tag(s): manipulatives (41), measurement (159)

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Dictionary of Units of Measurement - University of North Carolina

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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science,...more
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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science, math, geography, and other subject areas. The reference possibilities are also extensive. Add this one to your toolkit of web reference specialties.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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Math: Weights & Measures - Myvocabulary.com

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K to 1
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Weights & Measures. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Weights...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Weights & Measures. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Weights and Measures related vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): measurement (159), vocabulary (324)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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