Measuring Up!

We started our last math unit last week: measurement!

I made a little measuring book {literally, it's a mini-book!} using adorable graphics from Melonheadz.

If you'd like a copy, click {here} to download.
You can print pages 1&2 back to back and 3&4 back to back, cut in half long ways and make a little book.
{Isn't the title font adorable?! It's from the fabulous Michelle at Fabulous in First}

So to start our "new" unit, we read Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy.
I ordered this book at The Clever School Teacher, which is a spectacular site with tons of children's books!

Then we practiced measuring using both standard and non-standard units. 

For our non-standard units, we traced our hands and feet on plain white paper and measured objects around our classroom. My students had the best time measuring how many "feet" were between their desk and the whiteboard.

For our standard measurement, we got to use both inch rulers and centimeter rulers. We measured how long or short objects were around our classroom. Why is using a ruler so much fun!?

Anyway, to wrap up our measurement unit, we made these super cute monkeys by Jaime from What's the Buzz in First. We used the monkey's tail {pipe cleaner} to measure and filled in our data. My kiddos absolutely loved them! You can get your own monkey measurement templates at Jaime's shop for only $1!

We love measuring!
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  1. I love those monkeys!! too cute :) My students enjoy Loreen's books... we use them a lot!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  2. All of these ideas are too cute!!

    I don't know if you teach families, but Loreen Leedy wrote a sweet book about different kinds of families called "Who's Who in My Family?" :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  3. That looks like a fun way to practice measuring...and I can't keep plants alive either, i'm talking, succulents are even difficult. :)

    Apples and ABC's

  4. Well look at you making measurement fun and meaningful!

    "Non-standard units" is one of my least favorite things. I have never walked into a furniture store and said, "I need a chair about 57 paperclips long." :-P

    Loving what you did with the measurement monkeys. Too freakin' cute. :D

  5. Looks like fun! It's strange to think that other people are still in school!!!


  6. Super cute! I'm pinning this post so I can remember these ideas for next year! :)

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  7. Thanks so much for the shout out! The monkeys look adorable on your board!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I love teaching measurement! There are SO many fun things you can do and the kids always love it! Those monkeys are seriously adorable! Love them!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  9. I love it! Just found your blog and started following you. You have some great ideas.

    Glitter and Glue

  10. I am loving these measurement ideas. I had no idea that Loreen wrote books too! I am pinning that to order for my measurement activities! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  11. Monkey Tail Measurement is so cute! What a great idea!

  12. Thanks for sharing these great measurement ideas. I pinned the book so I can buy it later.
    First Grade Found Me

  13. Soooooo stoked to see your name pop up on the Vegas Blogger Meet Up FB page. I cannot wait to meet you in person :) You are on the TIPPY-TOP of my list of bloggers to shake hands with. Please know that if I throw a few elbows to get to you first it's only because I couldn't contain my excitement ;) See you in a few weeks.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  14. This is such a cute way to get kids doing measurement. Love this idea.


  15. That monkey tail measuring is an adorable idea!

  16. I love love love Measuring Penny! My second graders I taught during my Internship couldn't stop laughing and then couldn't stop the list of what they could measure things with. Love that you used monkey tails!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  17. Those monkeys are a must have for any primary classroom. Seriously, what kid would not enjoy making those. How cute! Thanks for sharing. Please come visit my new blog at