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Nearest Inch, 1/4 Inch, 1/2 Inch Sorting Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 14 pages | Grades: 2 - 3

Practice measuring to the nearest ¼ inch, ½ inch, and inch with this set of 20 sorting cards.

📏 Sort Your Way Through Objects of Different Lengths by Measuring to the Nearest ¼ Inch, ½ Inch, and Inch!

Are you looking for an activity that sharpens your students’ measurement skills? This resource will give your students plenty of practice determining the length of 20 different items. No rulers are needed for this activity, as they are printed directly onto each card. 

This activity can be completed with a partner or in a small group. To complete this activity, each student in the group will receive a recording sheet. Students will determine the length of each object, write it on the recording sheet, and place the card on the appropriate sorting mat.

Through this activity, students will show they can measure items to the nearest inch, half-inch, and quarter-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 or as a fast finisher activity. 

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 first focusing on reading rulers to the nearest inch. When students have mastered those cards, feel free to mix in the half-inch cards. 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, encourage them to draw lines of various lengths on the back of their recording sheet.

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

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the Download button to access the PDF 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. 

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 a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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