Grades K-1

The measurement unit introduces the concepts of time, temperature, mass, length, and liquid volume. In the basic lesson, students are shown various tools used in measurement – clock, thermometer, balance, ruler, and measuring cup – and then practice concepts such as fast or slow, hot or cold, heavy or light, short or tall, more or less.

In the advanced lesson, students will:

  • Practice telling time in hours and half hours using their bodies to demonstrate the different time.
  • Use thermometers to measure temperature, instructing them on how to record temperature measurements and associating temperature measurements with specific seasons.
  • Try to balance an object using paperclips, marbles, wooden blocks, sugar cubes, or pennies that has consistently the same mass.
  • Use different objects (like a craft stick) to measure different distances to practice measuring length.
  • Use Gallon Man (found in kit) to teach volume.

State Standards

1.2: Select and use appropriate tools including technology to make measurements (including metric units) and represent results of basic scientific investigations.

  • Identify measurement tools.
  • Choose the appropriate tool to measure time, temperature, mass, length, and liquid volume.
  • Use tools to measure time, mass, length, volume, and temperature.

Equipment Provided in the Kit

  • Balance
  • Thermometer
  • Measuring cup
  • Craft sticks
  • Clock
  • Gallon Man
  • Mini Balances (foam board)
  • Small metal pans to place on balance
  • Water Bottle Activity
  • Red measuring cups
  • Large plastic bowl


Measurement Lesson Plan K-1
Measurement Thermometer Worksheet
Measurement Water Bottle Worksheet

for more information:

Lauren Rivers, Education Director