Using a Ruler

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Our Using a Ruler Lesson Plan guides students in comparing lengths and using a ruler to measure to the nearest one inch.  Students also develop their communication skills as they explain how to use a ruler.  Engage collaborative learning as students create lines for each other to measure and check each other’s answers, which strengthens self-correction and accuracy awareness.

Using a Ruler Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Using a Ruler.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on determining how to use a ruler and getting familiar with measurements.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-2 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Using a Ruler Lesson Plan guides students in comparing lengths and using a ruler to measure to the nearest one inch.  Students also develop their communication skills as they explain how to use a ruler.  Engage collaborative learning as students create lines for each other to measure and check each other’s answers, which strengthens self-correction and accuracy awareness.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display several objects that have length, width, and/or height. Ask students what the items have in common with each other.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Give hints to the class about the different sizes, and lead the discussion to the items that can be measured using a ruler, which you will then display to the class.
  3. Distribute Using a Ruler content pages. Read and review the information with the students. At the end of the content, ask: Can you guess how tall you are in feet and inches? Pair students and allow them to measure each other in inches and feet. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Distribute a ruler to each student. Students will measure the items on the page and then draw lines with unknown measurements on the second page.
  5. The unknown measurements will then be exchanged with another student to measure. They will measure them and then return the page to the original owner to be checked.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, allow the students to share the different sizes of things in each given room, and the sizes of the rooms. The answers will vary.
  8. In closing, introduce miles as a measurement by asking: How would you measure the distance from your home to another state or town?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the term “miles” as another unit of measurement for long distances.
  10. Ask students if they can guess how many feet are in one mile.
  11. Allow for responses and discussion. (5,280)

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD. A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Subject

Math