## Count on having fun with measurement worksheets

Children love to measure! While they are instinctively aware of size, young children need to practice comparing objects with an identified measure to understand how to compare sizes accurately. This latest collection of measurement worksheets will allow your child the opportunity to gain comfort and familiarity with the concept of measuring using a standard unit of measurement.

Measurement can take place with a variety of objects, not just a ruler. For instance, if a child uses a block as the measuring tool, she can report that her shelf is 12 blocks long. Using the same block, she can determine that her shelf is longer than her brother’s when she measures her brother’s shelf and finds it to be just 10 blocks long. When the measurement tool (the block, in this case) remains the same, the comparisons will be accurate.

On these measurement worksheets, your child will be asked to use the strip of squares at the bottom of the page as the measurement tool. This is a good introduction to the idea of using rulers as tools for measurement. However, the paper strip is less confusing, as the squares are marked with only the whole numbers and without marks to indicate a half unit or a quarter unit.

As you show your child the measurement worksheet, ask her to guess which picture is the longest and which is the shortest. Do any pictures look to be the same length? Let your child know that she will use a measuring tool to find out if her guesses are correct.

Cut out the paper measuring tool for your child to ensure that it is cut accurately and with straight edges. You may wish to paste the strip onto a piece of cardstock the same exact size as the paper for more stability. Ask your child to place the measuring strip along the bottom of each picture between the dotted lines, with the red side of the strip touching the dotted line on the left side of the picture. Explain that she will count the number of squares needed to go from one dotted line to the opposite dotted line to find out how long each picture is. When your child counts the squares, ask her to write the number on the line below the picture.

After each picture is measured and the number of squares is recorded, you can reinforce the concept of measuring by asking your child to compare some of the pictures. Model how to compare using this phrase: “The train is ___ squares long and the car is ___ squares long, so the train is longer and the car is shorter.”