Measurement Lab

Grade Levels: 3 - 5


  • Students will be able to measure linearly using ruler/meter stick within a quarter of an inch.
  • Students will be able to measure liquid capacity.
  • Students will be able to measure mass.


  • A worksheet to record measurement;
  • Gram scales (balance beam) for each workstation
  • Rulers and meter sticks
  • Assortment of graduated containers
  • An "unknown quantity" workstation could be added as a test.


  1. Set up lab of different forms of measuring - one at each station.
  2. Using overhead, demonstrate measuring with each type.
  3. Using graduates, demonstrate reading the mantissa.
  4. Divide class into 4 groups.
  5. Each student is given 10 minutes/station.
  6. Teacher supervises stations (linear stations need most help).
  7. Mass measurement station may need instruction as well.
  8. Students discuss results within groups, then groups share with class.
  9. Have students measure something at home under 1 foot; over 6 feet; capacity of cooking pots.
  10. Give students the formula for area, then ask kids: "How big is your yard?"
  11. Note, it's fun for kids to estimate measure using a variety of measurement units: the length of a pace, size of a hand, etc.

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