When I was in school, I remember memorizing measurement facts but never really quite understanding it. I could measure objects but couldn’t really visualize the difference between measurements units. My son is visual learner like me, so when we started the unit on measurement, I wanted him to give him many visual representation of the concepts.
Here are a few things we did. E measured several objects and recorded the measurements in his notebook. This was also a great way to review fractions as some objects measured in the halves and fourths.
Then to really give him a chance to understand how an inch or 5 inches looked like, we created an anchor chart showing different measurements. E was asked to find something that measures 1 inch or 3 inches. He’d go off with the ruler, find and measure things and place it on the chart.
This is a fun way to get the kids involved and engaged in the lesson.