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written by Judy Spicer
published by the The Ohio State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
This standards-based module for the middle grades offers an array of online lessons, simulations, and activities to use in constructing a full unit on measurement. It was developed to help teachers provide scaffolding in areas where students often struggle with abstract ideas. It gives links that provide hands-on experiences with measuring, using scale and proportionality, and estimating. Each concept is supported with activities that use real-life applications where students make choices of which tools and units to use in problem solving.

This resource is part of the Middle School Portal, the math/science pathway of the National Science Digital Library.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
= Scaling
= Units and Dimensional Analysis
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Unit of Instruction
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- New teachers
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Metadata instance created February 4, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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September 30, 2006

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

9. The Mathematical World

9A. Numbers
  • 6-8: 9A/M3b. How a quantity is expressed depends on how precise the measurement is and how precise an answer is needed.
  • 9-12: 9A/H3. When calculations are made with measurements, a small error in the measurements may lead to a large error in the results.
  • 9-12: 9A/H4. The effects of uncertainties in measurements on a computed result can be estimated.
9C. Shapes
  • 6-8: 9C/M6. The scale chosen for a graph or drawing makes a big difference in how useful it is.
  • 6-8: 9C/M7. For regularly shaped objects, relationships exist between the linear dimensions, surface area, and volume.
  • 6-8: 9C/M10. Geometric relationships can be described using symbolic equations.

11. Common Themes

11D. Scale
  • 6-8: 11D/M1. Some properties of an object depend on its length, some depend on its area, and some depend on its volume.

12. Habits of Mind

12B. Computation and Estimation
  • 6-8: 12B/M3. Calculate the circumferences and areas of rectangles, triangles, and circles, and the volumes of rectangular solids.
  • 6-8: 12B/M7b. Convert quantities expressed in one unit of measurement into another unit of measurement when necessary to solve a real-world problem.
12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 6-8: 12C/M3. Make accurate measurements of length, volume, weight, elapsed time, rates, and temperature by using appropriate devices.
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J. Spicer, (Ohio State University, Columbus, 2004), WWW Document, (http://nsdl.library.cornell.edu/websites/wiki/index.php/MSP_MiddleSchoolPortal/Measurement_Sliced_and_Diced.html).
J. Spicer, Middle School Portal: Measurement Sliced and Diced (Ohio State University, Columbus, 2004), <http://nsdl.library.cornell.edu/websites/wiki/index.php/MSP_MiddleSchoolPortal/Measurement_Sliced_and_Diced.html>.
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Spicer, J. (2006, September 30). Middle School Portal: Measurement Sliced and Diced. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from Ohio State University: http://nsdl.library.cornell.edu/websites/wiki/index.php/MSP_MiddleSchoolPortal/Measurement_Sliced_and_Diced.html
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Spicer, Judy. Middle School Portal: Measurement Sliced and Diced. Columbus: Ohio State University, September 30, 2006. http://nsdl.library.cornell.edu/websites/wiki/index.php/MSP_MiddleSchoolPortal/Measurement_Sliced_and_Diced.html (accessed 25 May 2024).
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Spicer, Judy. Middle School Portal: Measurement Sliced and Diced. Columbus: Ohio State University, 2004. 30 Sep. 2006. National Science Foundation. 25 May 2024 <http://nsdl.library.cornell.edu/websites/wiki/index.php/MSP_MiddleSchoolPortal/Measurement_Sliced_and_Diced.html>.
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