Math Background

Measurement: Tips and Tricks

  • Provide children with opportunities to measure as many real objects as possible. The more experience children have with measuring, the better they will become at this skill. Include activities such as measuring the length of a wall, the height of desks, the width of windows, and so on.
  • Allow children to measure with nonstandard units first. Children need to be able to understand the idea of measuring in tangible units before they can move on to using rulers and standard units.
  • Have children find the perimeter of such objects as rooms, rugs, and picture frames to help them understand that perimeter means “the distance around an object.”
  • Provide children with hands-on experiences measuring weight and capacity. Prepare a learning center that allows children to compare sizes and weights of real objects. For example, let children experience the weight of an object weighing one pound. Have them see how much liquid a cup holds. Experiences in this learning center will help them develop the ability to estimate weights and capacities.
  • Use weather forecasts to help children understand temperature. Seeing how hot or cold it is in one area of the country compared to other areas will help them to have a sense of temperature measurement.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 2