5 Ways to Improve Children’s Understanding of Length Measurement

  • 5 Ways to Improve Children’s Understanding of Length Measurement

    Mi Yeon Lee and Dionne Cross Francis
    These activities can support elementary school teachers in building students’ conceptions of measurement.
    Measurement comprises an important set of concepts that are fundamental for students to competently navigate and work with objects and structures within their physical environment. Despite their importance, these concepts are difficult for students to grasp, as evidenced by low performance on measurement items on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) (Battista 2007, 2012; Kamii 2006). In particular, students seem to have difficulty understanding the concept of length (Battista 2006; Kloosterman 2006). In this article, we describe five activities to support elementary school teachers in building students’ conceptions of measurement. We begin by briefly reviewing the relevant Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and key concepts essential for understanding length.
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