How many inches are in a foot?
Measurement is the process of finding the size, amount, or degree of something. Data is information that can be measured and organized. We use measurements and data to answer questions and make decisions.
Understanding Measurement and Data
Measurement: The process of determining the size, amount, or degree of something. Data: Facts and statistics collected together for analysis. Data Analysis: The process of examining, organizing, and interpreting data in order to gain useful insights and make decisions.
The ancient Egyptians used a unit of measurement called the cubit, which was the length of a human forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. The international standard unit of length is the meter, and it was originally based on a survey of a section of the Earth's circumference. The first thermometer was invented by Galileo Galilei in 1592, and it was made of a glass tube filled with water.
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What are some everyday objects that can be measured with grams, kilograms and liters?
Why is it important to use standard units of measure?
Can you think of a situation in which it might be important to measure liquid volumes and masses of objects?
What are some other units of measure that can be used to measure liquid volumes and masses of objects?
Brain break: Draw a pirate treasure map with wacky landmarks, like a giant banana, ice cream mountains, and a singing bird island.
Question: Sally and Jake are building a treehouse, but they don't know how tall it should be. How can they measure it? Clues: • Sally and Jake will need something to measure the height of the tree. • They could use a yardstick, a ruler or even their own arms. • They should measure from the ground to the spot they want the top of the treehouse to be. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Pair up and draw a picture of Sally and Jake measuring the height of the tree. B. Come up with 3 other ways they could measure the height of the tree.
Which is longer, a mile or a kilometer?
What is the unit of measurement for weight?
What do you use to measure temperature?
How many liters are in a gallon?
- 3.785 liters
- 1.785 liters
- 2.785 liters
Which of these units of measurement do we use to measure distance?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between inches and centimeters?