# Measurement

### Measurement in inches and centimeters

Kids love to measure, especially 2nd graders.  They’ll measure anything they can get their hands on, and it behooves us to give them plenty to measure so they can develop these motor, perceptual, and spatial skills while they’re still interested.

Here are some collections I have put together for measurement activities using both inches and centimeters.  These measurements are then the basis for plenty of questions and problems to solve:  “What was the longest item in the bag?…the shortest?…How much longer was the spoon than the paper clip?…”

### Nonstandard measurement with hands & cubes

Here’s a beginning measurement idea (actually two ideas) for children in K-1 who are measuring with nonstandard units.

Don't kids just love to use their hands?  Have them measure with them!  They’re big and easy to use, and fun.  “How many hands long is the table?…How many hands tall is your friend?…etc., etc.”  Students do this individually.  Show them how to place their hands down in sequence and you’re done.  Then you can discuss why the table is 12 of Gina’s hands long, but only 10 of Jeremy’s.  That’s idea #1.