f65 Learning Measurement - An AskERIC Lesson Plan
AskERIC Lesson Plans
Lesson Plan #:AELP-MEA0016

Learning Measurements

An AskERIC Lesson Plan

Submitted by: Wendy Michelson; edited by AskERIC
Endorsed by: Dr. Don Descy
Mankato State University

Date: 12 May 1998


This is a lesson to help educators meet their students graduation standards. Through the lesson, the children should understand the attribute of length, develop a process of measuring, understand concepts related to units of measure, use estimating to measure, and learn how to use these processes in every day life. This lesson also allows the educator to integrate literature into the mathematics e52 curriculum.

Grade Level: 2

Goal: To introduce students into measurement by integrating literature.


Students will experience a variety of activities that will allow them to focus on:

  1. comparing objects directly
  2. recognizing the various units of measurements
  3. comparing lengths of objects in the classroom
  4. use estimating to measure
  5. apply this measuring process to everyday life

Background Information:

The lesson teaches the students how to use measurement in their everyday life.  The literature integration shows the students that reading is an important part of each content area.


Students will be able to:

 1.  Use the units of measurement that are taught throughout the lesson.
 2.  Measure objects using the provided measuring utensils.



Teacher's Directions

1.  Reproduce the inchworms, one for each child in your class.  Make extra worms to measure with.
2.  Laminate the worms with each child's name on the back.  (leave the extras blank)
3.  Cut out the worms and be sure they are still only one inch long.
4.  Read the story Inch by Inch to the class. Stimulate questions as the story is read to the students:

  1. Why would he be able to measure the different birds?
  2. How does he measure?
  3. What are some things you would like to measure?
  4. What do you think the worm will do when the nightingale asked the worm to measure her song?
  5. Can you measure a song?
  6. How can you measure a song?

Student's Directions

1.  Discuss with the students how the inchworm measured the birds in the story.

2.  Have students find at least one object in the classroom that is the same length as their worm.

3.  Have the students divide into three groups. (Cut different sizes of string and give one to each student. Students must find their groups by matching string sizes.)

4.  Have the students use their inchworms to measure one of the strings in their group. (Explain to the students to lay their worms end to end and then count the number of worms used. Ask the students how long their strings are.  Have them explain how they came up with their answers.)

5.  As individual groups, have the students measure ten items in the room with their inchworms.

6.  Give each group extra inchworms so they can measure larger things. Make sure to include inchworms that are not true inchworms (are either longer or shorter).

7.  Students should record their measurements.


As a class each of the groups will share their recorded measurements for objects in the classroom.
Write the objects name on the board and the measurement.
After each group presents, compare the measurements they recorded.
If there were differences, ask the students to guess why the same object could have different lengths.
Have a class discussion on standard measuring devices and why they are needed. 0