Get ready to dive into everything related to measurement with this 4th Grade Measurement Unit! Measurement is interesting because understanding measurement falls under the “life skills” umbrella, but there are so many facets of it.
Unit 5 is packed with basic measurement information that will help your students think flexibly about measuring all the things. Measurement is also an awesome opportunity to review all 4 operations, number patterns, and multi-step problem solving. Buckle up!
4th Grade Unit 5 Mini-Units
Mini-Unit 1: Measurement & Conversions
Mini-Unit 1 includes lessons for metric measurement units, customary units, time, and “Problem Solving”, also known as word problems. Students will receive basic instruction in metric measurement units, including each unit’s relative size to other metric units and US customary units. Students can also flex their Algebraic thinking by using number and value patterns to convert from larger to smaller units as well as smaller to larger units.
While customary measurement units for weight, liquid volume, and distance are far less consistent or logical than the metric system, chances are these are the units that students will use throughout their lifetime. Students are provided with conversion charts as support, and will be converting between measurement units in a system like pros!
Time is a fascinating topic because there are varying degrees of accuracy when converting from days to years and years to weeks because of planetary variations. Students will reason about whether input-output tables are accurate or simple estimates. Understanding of time measurement is a truly real-world skill that children need to develop over time. Given the prevalence of technology these days, children may not be receiving instruction of basic information that impacts their everyday lives.
The real beauty of this topic is how word problems can tie together all of the number forms and operations students have learned to date! Single and multiple step word problems incorporate addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Fractions and decimals are incorporated with multi-digit numbers to truly review and extend student knowledge.
Mini-Unit 2: Area and Perimeter
Area and perimeter are fun topics because they can be worked with in so many different ways. Mini-Unit 2 includes lessons on calculating both measurements using grade-appropriate numbers. A flexible problem-solving process is encouraged, as students examine numbers of sides, numbers of equal sides, and how the operations interact to find any missing aspect of a problem. All of this information leads up to another lesson focused on solving word problems. Students at this point in the unit will have everything they need to tackle a variety of complicated problems related to measurement that honestly simulate real life.
Digital Guided Math Activities Included!
Each component of the 4th Grade Guided Math Curriculum comes in printable and digital versions to maximize your flexibility teaching these important concepts. YOU can choose which version of each lesson component should be used – and when – for your diverse learners.
Digital lessons teach the content for each graduated step needed to learn about measurement.
Digital Math Mats and Task Cards are also included.
Each lesson includes a Digital Exit Ticket to give you a snapshot of student learning. Exit tickets are such an important formative assessment for your planning process as a teacher. Full-color Digital Practice Pages also use interactive movable digital pieces to allow students to demonstrate their learning in a more independent way.