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Measurement in Mathematics Book 3

Practical measurement activities for grades 3-4

Measurement in Mathematics Book 3 by Leonie Westenberg
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This black line masters book is designed to be used in conjunction with measurement activities related to the class mathematics program. The activities are a response to curriculum requirements of children working at this level and cover the following concepts: measure using arbitrary units understand that 100 centimeters = 1 meter measure in centimeters and meters measurement of polygons cover surfaces and compare areas using arbitrary units manipulate 2D shapes use a geoboard to make figures/designs activities involving modelling, shaping, building investigate volume and capacity of fluids and containers measure to the nearest liter activities involving displacement of liquids construct 3D shapes with uniform units measure mass in arbitrary units measure mass in g and kg calculations based on the calendar read and write time to the nearest 5 minutes activities involving concepts of: 24 hours = 1 day; 2 weeks = 1 fortnight; 1 month = 4 weeks estimate and measure intervals of time 40, 41

Ready-Ed Publications; June 1999
44 pages; ISBN 9781863971812
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Title: Measurement in Mathematics Book 3
Author: Leonie Westenberg; Rod Jefferson

Toothpick Measures

Get out 10 toothpicks.

Imagine the toothpicks laid out end to end on your table.

Estimate how far they would reach. Put a pencil where you think they will end.



Now lay out the toothpicks to see how close you came to your estimate.

Try this activity again with 10 paperclips, 10 beans and 10 of an object of your choice. Find the length of items in your classroom using the toothpicks, e.g. a set of
shelves, your book, the cupboard, etc. Repeat your measuring using your other measuring tools. Record your measurements in the table below:

Note: You can use half a toothpick as a measure if you need to.

Objects Measured




your choice


Now, measure your book using only one toothpick. What method will you use to make sure the start of the next toothpick lines up with the end of the first toothpick length (e.g. mark where the toothpick ends, swing the toothpick around ...)?

Measure some other objects this way.

Write your answers here:

e.g. book 12 toothpicks long, 6 toothpicks wide