Lesson Plan

Measurement Madness

This math lesson is filled with fun hands-on non-standard measurement activities! The lesson begins with an interactive story then has students explore measurement using several different objects as their tools!
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Measure with Cubes pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Measure with Cubes pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use forms of non-standard measurement to measure various objects.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Measure MeHow Long?
  • Tell students to close their eyes and imagine that they are going on a trip. The trip they are going on is to an island, so they are going to need a raft to get there. Have students think about what size raft they would need for their trip. Ask them how they would build it.
  • Have students open their eyes.
  • Ask students to share their ideas with their partner or group.


  • Explain that a raft is a type of boat. Show students pictures of different rafts.
  • Describe a raft and steps to build one with sketches if possible before excusing students to share with partners.


  • Provide a sentence frame to guide students: "The raft should be (big/medium/small) because ________."
  • Remind students to use words that describe sequence such as first, next, then and last when sharing steps to build the raft with their partner.