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Non Standard Measurement Activities {Hands-On FUN!}

Explore Early measurement with these fun Non Standard Measurement activities for kids. These hands-on math activities make learning measuring length, mass and capacity a breeze!

Before kids are introduced Standard Measurement using rulers and measuring tapes they need to understand what measuring is all about. To build deep understanding of the measurement process and the skills needed to measure accurately kids need to practice measuring using informal non standard units like popsticks, paper clips and blocks.

So what is nonstandard measurement?

Non standard measurement is using an informal unit to measure objects. It’s used by students in Foundation Stage, Kindergarten, Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The purpose of non-standard measurement is to focus the child on key measuring skills rather than reading tricky scaled instruments. Non Standard measurement helps kids learn to:

  • select the right tool to measure the object being measured
  • select the same unit and not different units when measuring an object
  • measure without gaps or overlaps
  • start and end the measuring in the right spots
  • measure it straight
  • be precise

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Measurement Task Cards

24 measuring with the correct unit task cards. Students identify the correct unit of measure for length (cm, m, km) capacity (mL, L) mass/weight (g,kg, t) a range of everyday objects. There's also an introduction to time and how long it takes to do everyday tasks, seconds, minutes or hours!Includes instructions for playing Scoot and recording grid for answers.

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24 measuring length task cards using Broken Rulers. These task cards work well in a center or as a whole class game of "SCOOT" instructions are included. The cards include images of classroom or school items that the students are familiar with. The focus of this task is to check that students understand how to measure using a repeating unit and read a calibrated scale correctly to measure objects.

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24 measuring and comparing capacity task cards. Students identify the correct unit of measure, mL or L and compare which holds the most or least. Includes instructions for playing Scoot and recording grid for answers.

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28 Angles Task cards to help students compare angles to Right Angles. Students use the symbols and angle names (acute, obtuse etc) to classify each angle on the task cards.

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