Measuring Animals: Meaningful Measuring in Feet, Meters, and Yards
The second grade Common Core Standards ask students to estimate lengths using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters (2.MD.A.3). The larger of these units can be especially tough for second graders to estimate in, because most kids haven’t had a lot of experience working with them. This activity is designed to give students meaningful, real world practice measuring in feet, yards, and meters (2.MD.A.1) while getting them up and moving outdoors!
This pack includes seventeen task cards, each featuring a high quality, color photograph of an exotic animal, accompanied by an interesting measurement related fact about it.
Students will work in pairs or small groups using sidewalk chalk, meter sticks, yards sticks, and foot long rulers to label and measure out the given lengths. Suggestions for use are also included and can be viewed in the product preview. You may wish to laminate the cards for durability so that you can use them year after year.
This activity addresses the following Common Core Standards: *2.MD.A.1: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
I have been teaching elementary school in an urban district in Massachusetts for six years. I began my career teaching in first grade and have now transitioned into second grade. I especially enjoy creating engaging book studies and center activities for my students.
I believe in providing my students with plenty of positive reinforcement and a variety of ways to access any and all academic content. My lessons incorporate authentic, hands-on, and cooperative learning experiences whenever possible, and I provide many opportunities to build reading and writing skills across all content areas.
I hold a bachelor's degree from Clark University where I majored in Psychology and minored in Education and Sociology. My master's degree is in Teaching and is also from Clark University.