Ch 2: Common Core HS Math: Measurement

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These video lessons introduce systems of measure and teach students to use them in everyday life. This common core math chapter can be used to enhance your classroom teaching in the subject.

Standard: Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays (CCSS.Math.Content.HSN-Q.A.1).

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Students who have mastered this standard are able to measure length, weight and liquid capacity in U.S. customary units, commonly referred to as 'standard units of measure,' as well as metric units. They also understand how the various units compare with one another and are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using measurements.

Lessons in the standard cover the following topics:

  • Standard units of measure
  • The metric system
  • Converting standard and metric units of measure
  • Converting metric to standard units and vice versa
  • Performing basic operations with measurements
  • Relationships among units
  • Reading and interpreting scales and meters
  • Squares and cubic units
  • Solving problems with money
  • Solving problems with time

Students demonstrate mastery of this standard by converting units of measure within the standard or metric systems. They also can convert units from the standard to metric system and vice versa. Additionally, these students can apply the lessons they've learned to solve problems involving money and to calculate lengths of time.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Following are some tips on how to use these lessons to support instruction in the measurement standard:

Units of Measure Lesson

Have students watch the video lessons Standard Units of Measure and What is the Metric System? and then have them determine what unit(s) of measure would be most appropriate for determining the length, width and/or height of various objects in the classroom (for example, a pencil, a textbook and a lab table).

Scale Drawings Lesson

After watching the video lesson How to Read and Interpret Scales & Meters, have students brainstorm various scenarios in which they would encounter scale drawings. Ask them to explain why scale drawings would be used in these situations.

Solving Problems with Money Lesson

Have students watch the video lesson How to Solve Problems with Money and then present them with a shopping list and a list of available products that contains two options for each item on their list. Have the students determine which of the options is a better buy. For example, the list could include a 2-liter bottle of soda and a 3-liter bottle of soda; students might calculate which is the best buy per liter.

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Other Chapters

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