Measurement scales with whole numbers

New Zealand Curriculum: Level 2-3

Learning Progression Frameworks: Measurement sense, Signpost 4 to Signpost 5

Target students

These activities are intended for students who understand whole number place value with two-, and possibly three- digit numbers. By the beginning of Level 3 students are expected to use scales, such as a ruler, to measure the length of objects in metric units and to solve problems in which metric units and combined or partitions. Students are also developing an understanding of choosing units to an appropriate degree of precision for the task and estimating measures where the divisions on the scale do not align with the object being measured.

The following diagnostic questions indicate students’ understanding of, and ability to use, linear scales to measure length. (show diagnostic questions)

Teaching activities