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Selecting Units of Length – Sorting Activity

PDF | 4 pages|Grades: 2 - 3

A sorting activity to help students identify lengths and distances that should be measured in centimeters, inches, feet, and miles.

This hands-on resource for teaching length makes a perfect addition to your math centers! Print the resource on cardstock for increased durability.

Students must sort the length and distance pictures according to whether they would be measured in centimeters, inches, feet, or miles. A range of length vocabulary (width, height, depth, distance) has been used to familiarize the students with these concepts.

Some examples include:

  • the length of an ant
  • the distance between two cities
  • the length of a car
  • the height of a house
  • the width of a pencil eraser.

Need an extension activity? Ask any fast finishers to research the actual measurement of some of the lengths and distances on the cards, then share this information with the class!

  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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