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Measuring to the Nearest 1/2 and 1/4 Inch Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 12 pages | Grades: 3

Measure items to the nearest ½ and ¼ inch with this set of 20 task cards.

📏 Practice Measuring to the Nearest ½ & ¼ Inch

Measuring to the nearest ¼ inch can be challenging for some students. This set of 20 task cards will allow your students to practice reading rulers and measuring items of different lengths.

To complete this activity,  cut out task cards and place them around the room for an engaging gallery walk. Students can walk around and solve each task card by writing the answer on their recording sheet.   

Through this activity, students will show they can measure items to the nearest ½ and ¼ inch.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this measuring length activity to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by pointing out the nearest inch on the ruler first. Teachers can then encourage the student to move their pencil tips along the quarter-inch increments until they reach the end of the object. Additionally, provide access to previous assignments, as well as posters and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who need a bit of a challenge, provide them with a physical ruler and encourage them to measure items around the room. Students can record their results on the back of their recording sheet.

🛴 Scoot Activity 

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

👋 Exit Ticket 

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on a sheet of paper, sticky note, or their notebook. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.


This resource was created by Allie Kleijnjans, a teacher in Pennsylvania and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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