Strand: MEASUREMENT AND DATA (1.MD.)

Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units (Standards 1–2). Tell and write time (Standard 3). Represent and interpret data (Standard 4). Identify the value of coins (Standard 5).

Standard 1.MD.2

Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.

• Growing Bean Plants
This task adds some rigor to this common activity, by collecting actual growth data, providing practice for students in measuring and recording length measurements.
• How Long?
In this task students use various items to measure, such as a large set of unifix or snap cubes and a recording sheet. The students work in pairs and choose an item to measure. They line up the cubes along the longest side of the item and then count and record the number on their sheet. They draw a picture of the item they measured.
• Measure It! Paperclips
This PDF contains 20 images that students can measure with paper clips helping them understand how to measure the length of an object.
• Measure Me!
The purpose of this task is for students to measure something that interests them (namely themselves) by laying multiple copies of a shorter object that represents the length unit end to end.
• Measurement and Data (1.MD) - First Grade Core Guide
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and educators around the state of Utah developed these guides for First Grade Mathematics - Measurement and Data (1.MD)
• Measuring Blocks
This task has students work in pairs. Given two or more blocks of different lengths and paper clips to use to measure them, the pair measures the blocks and tell how many paper clips long it is. They then figure out how long two different blocks would be when laid end to end and explain how they solved the problem.

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