Second Grade Common Core Measurement Unit

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If you’re a follower of my blog, you might know that measurement is one of my favorite units to teach.  I love teaching math in general because of how hands-on it is, and, in my opinion, it doesn’t get much more hands-on than measurement!  With the Common Core in place now, my measurement unit needed some revamping this year.
Here’s a look at some of the things we did in Second Grade:


Students made the transition from non-standard to standard units using these concrete colored rulers, which can also easily be extended to 12 units instead of 10.

Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy is one of my favorite children’s books.  It’s a staple in my classroom.  I use it every year while teaching measurement.  After reading the book, my kiddos did a fun Penny craftivity and homework assignment.

I created two booklets for the unit as well.  One was used at the beginning of the unit to teach students how measurement is used in the world, while the other was used as a component to a measurement activity after covering both the Customary and Metric Systems.

One of our favorite activities from the unit was a lesson on comparing length differences.  Students became “Official Zookeepers” and compared the height differences in animals.  SO MUCH FUN!!!
I also created five centers for the unit.

“Community Dash” is the first center.  Students measure the paths of community service workers on their way to work.

“Farmer’s Market Shopping Trip” has students estimate heights, make non-exact measurements, and compare results using a line plot.

“A Camping Adventure” has students solve camping-themed measurement word problems.

 “Art Company Mix-Up” has students helping to solve a major mix-up at an art company where a faulty machine caused markers to be produced at a variety of sizes.  Students have to compare markers and find their length differences.

 “The Unit Scoot” is a board game where students choose the best unit to measure objects with.
The unit also contains unit overviews, a parent handout, step-by-step lesson plans, and fourteen daily review checks:

 (There are additional pages to this lesson!)

Fourteen Daily Review Checks for Second Grade Common Core Measurement Standards (Could be used for morning review, math review, or homework!)

I’ve compiled all of these activities and MUCH, MUCH more into a 285 page unit.  It includes:
*Unit Introduction
*Common Core Objectives Met
*Unit Overview
*2nd Grade Common Core Measurement Checklist for Teacher (keep track of student progress)
*Parent Information Letter (Overview of all unit objectives, suggestions for how parents can practice objectives at home)
*Vocabulary Word Cards
*Unit Pre-Test (fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice)
*Unit Post-Test (almost identical to pre-test)
*Introduction To Measurement Lesson Plan
*How Do We Use Measurement? Emergent Reader (also includes an easier reader)
*Measuring Attributes Lesson Plan, Station Activity, and Assessment Sheet
*Exploring Length Lesson Plan, Measuring Activity, and Assessment Sheet
*Measuring Penny Craft and Measurement Activity
*Measuring Penny Homework Assignment
*Non-Standard Units Scavenger Hunt Lesson Plan, Measuring Activity, and Assessment Sheet
*”Inching” Around The Room Non-Standard Units Activity (includes inchworm ruler and assessment sheet)
*Moving From Non-Standard To Standard Units Part One Lesson Plan, and Measuring Assessment Sheet
*Concrete Colored Unit Ruler (option for 10 blocks or 12 blocks – blocks are in increments of one inch)
*Concrete Colored Unit Ruler with Numbers (option for 10 blocks or 12 blocks – blocks are in increments of one inch)
*Moving From Non-Standard To Standard Units Part Two Lesson Plan – includes Line Plots Lesson and Activity
*Teaching Line Plots Suggestions
*Non-Exact Measurements Activity and Assessment Sheet
*Moving From Non-Standard To Standard Units Part Three Lesson Plan
*Measuring Hand and Foot Craft Activity
*Tips and Tricks For Memorizing Measurements
*Posters – Centimeter, Meter, Inch, Foot, Yard
*US Standard Units (Inches, Feet, Yards) Lesson Plan
*Measuring in Inches Cutting Activity
*Measuring Paths Lesson Plan (includes Measuring Paths Around The Room Activity and Recording Sheet)
*Measuring Paths Assessment Sheets
*Looking For Objects In The Classroom Recording Sheets (Yard, Inch, Foot, and Yard)
*Metric System – Centimeters and Meters Lesson Plan and Assessment Sheet
*Looking For Objects In The Classroom Recording Sheet (Centimeters and Meters)
*Student Mini Book of Measurements (cut and staple book of measurement unit posters)
*Measurement Me Emergent Reader (Body Measurements Activity)
*Measuring Objects with Two Units Lesson Plan and Class Activity
*Length Differences in Objects Lesson Plan and Assessment Sheet
*Height Differences in Animals Measuring Activity (students pretend to be zookeepers and compare animal heights) – also includes line plot component
*Choosing Tools and Units of Measurement Lesson Plan, Class Activity (includes recording sheets), and Assessment Sheet
*Estimating Lengths Assessment Sheet
*Solving Measurement Word Problems Lesson Plan, Class Posters, and Assessment Sheet
*Blank Number Line Templates
*Guess That Measurement! Review Game and Game Cards
*I Have, Who Has? Measurement Review Game
*Farmer’s Market Shopping Trip Center (Estimating Heights, Non-Exact Measurements, and Line Plots) and Recording Sheets
*Community Dash Center (Measuring Paths) and Recording Sheet
*A Camping Adventure Center (Solving Measurement Word Problems) and Recording Sheet
*The Unit Scoot Center (Choosing Measurement Units) – includes game board
*Art Company Mix-Up Center (Length Differences in Objects) and Recording Sheet
*Daily Measurement Check (includes 14 review sheets – each contain around seven problems and could be used for morning review or homework)
*Book Suggestions
*Web Site Suggestions
*Answer Sheets

Common Core Objectives covered in this unit are:
2.MD.1. – Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
 2.MD.2. – Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for two measurements; describe how tow measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
  2.MD.3. – Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
 2.MD.4. – Measures to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
 2.MD.5. – Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same unit, e.g., by using drawings ( such as drawings of rulers ) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
 2.MD.6. – Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0,1,2…, and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.
 2.MD.9. – Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in the whole-number units.
 (Please note Common Core Objectives 2.MD.7, 2.MD.8, and 2.MD.10 (time, money, and data) are not covered in this unit.)
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