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 thawkins Joined: Feb 2011 Posts: 2 New Member
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Measuring to the nearest 1/8 inch
03-23-2011, 12:05 PM
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I really need some help with teaching how to measure items to the nearest 1/8 inch. My students are getting so confused with the 1/16 marks on the ruler. Does anyone have any suggestions?

 MrsSusko Joined: Dec 2009 Posts: 546 Senior Member

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Smartboard Lesson
03-23-2011, 02:46 PM
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There is a smartboard lesson using rulers that measure to the nearest 1/8 of an inch on this site: http://riversideelementaryeastgrade4...Test+Resources

It's the second link. I'm not sure if this is quite what you're looking for.

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03-23-2011, 03:57 PM
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We drew an enlarged picture of our rulers with the markings in our copybooks so we had a guide to follow when looking at the rulers. This was nice because we did a review of fractions while doing this. Example we did all of the eighths first then we looked at equivalent fractions and simplest form.

Another idea is to color code the markings on rulers. Take a red pen and mark all of the 1/2 marks, blue for 1/4 and 3/4, green for 1/8 and so on. When you draw the enlarged picture use the colors to help make the connection.

 ComeInCorrect Joined: Apr 2008 Posts: 76 Junior Member
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Here you go....
03-24-2011, 04:19 AM
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I bet this is what you are looking for. I teach 5th grade and I use this at the beginning to really break it down and they have it in front of them.
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 rm206 Joined: Jul 2009 Posts: 226 Full Member
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Ruler Measurement
03-25-2011, 03:07 AM
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This is great. Thanks ComeInCorrect, I will be doing this next week and will certainly be using this. I love the hands on approach!!

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ruler
03-27-2011, 01:18 PM
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Just what I was looking for. Thanks.

 ComeInCorrect Joined: Apr 2008 Posts: 76 Junior Member
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03-28-2011, 05:33 AM
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You're welcome My kids loved doing it

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helping eliminate confusion
04-12-2011, 07:36 AM
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Have them make non-standard, one-unit tape measures out of adding machine paper using five different color-pencils. Create, label and discuss the measurements of one-whole; then 1/2 and 2/2 and 0/2; then do the same for fourths, eighths and sixteenths. Label each part below the previous segments on the paper. Using different color pencils will help. Practice measuring a pen, or other item they all have that is shorter than the 1 unit measure they have each time you make a smaller measuring segment. Keep track of each measure on a T-chart! Helps with estimation, too. Have them use their non-standard ruler as a math bookmark!

If you have an overhead projector or electronic whiteboard, give them practice identifying magnified models of measurements. I don't know if there is a Jeopardy game that would supply that practice, but you could search.

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01-18-2012, 07:44 PM
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i cannot see the link. can you please help me out since i'm trying to teach this to my kids and they are having a hard time.?

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01-18-2012, 07:46 PM
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My message was intented for ComeInCorrect. Thanks.

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Measurement PowerPoint
01-25-2012, 06:39 AM
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Thanks for sharing! What a great explanation for the students

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Great ppt!
03-10-2012, 09:32 AM
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Very explicit directions. Thanks for sharing!

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