Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Week of Measurement

We just completed our week of measurement. I wanted to share a few things we did. First we made measurement aliens using a glyph. They had to draw so many arms, eyes, legs, etc. and make them so many inches or centimeters based on their answers. They came out so cute and some even named their alien.


In our small group we played a chutes and ladders type game using measurement word problems.

If students got finished early during the day they had the option to complete a measurement task card.

 On the last day we made measurement mansions. They were told how long or wide each part of the mansion had to be.

These activities can be found in my common core measuring packet which is a section taken from my common core measurement and data packet. 
And to leave you 2nd grade teachers with a question. What multiplication facts do you have your students learn before 3rd grade. I am thinking of asking mine to learn 0-5, but do you make them only learn each of those up to times 5 or each of those up to times 10? Hope that made sense. Also does anyone have any fun ways of keeping up with what facts they have mastered? I have heard of the ice cream sundae where they get the bowl for learning 0s, the spoon for learning 1s, and so on. Any other ideas? Have a great week!


  1. When I taught 2nd last year, I really tried to focus on the understanding of multiplication and just making sure they knew how to skip-count and knew addition/ subtraction facts. I think it's more important for them to understand the concept than to spend a lot of time memorizing times facts in 2nd!

    That said... I liked adding scoops on an ice cream sundae, and if you have a lot of computer access, the free site is great for managing time tests in all operations! It will even give you printable certificates for each operation they pass.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  2. We actually spent about 2 weeks covering repeated addition and the whole concept of multiplication. That's why I felt like they were ready to try some memorization. Thanks for the website!

  3. I'm with Luckeyfrog...I focus on the understanding of making equal groups and skip counting. I use the GET strategy that you can read more about on my blog if your interested. When separating objects into equal groups, I didn't do anything higher than 5. We really worked on the 0's, 1's and 2's because they are so simple. 0 is always 0. A number times 1 stays the same and a number times 2 is the same as a double.

    I love your alien glyphs! They are too cute! We just started measurement this week.

    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

  4. I am going to check out your GET strategy right now. Thanks for sharing!