Measuring Our Bodies

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We are studying measurement this term. My students have loved exploring different types of measurements, include length, mass, volume, and area. We have done lots of exploration with non-standard measurements using objects such as cubes. This week we moved on to using standard measurements.

I began this lesson by asking the kids to tell me what tools we might use to measure length. Happily, they were able to name both rulers and tape measures. I then explained that they would be using these tools to measure body parts on a partner.

I modeled the whole process first. I demonstrated how they would choose an appropriate tool (tape measure for parts that required them to measure around something or for longer body parts, a ruler for the rest.) We practiced using these tools together as a group. It was important to be sure that the kids knew how to line up objects carefully, which side of the ruler to look at, and how to read the results. I also showed them how to record their measurements on our data collection sheet.


Once I felt confident that the kids understood how to use rulers and tape measures, I paired them up. Each child was responsible for measuring their partner and recording their partner’s measurements. With those simple instructions, I set them loose!

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My students absolutely loved this activity. They worked so well together, were incredibly focused, and had some wonderful practice measuring. By using their own bodies, they were immediately hooked!

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Measuring Our Bodies Data Collection Sheet

How do you teach measurement in your classroom?

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