# Measuring the Length of an Object

Contributor: Elephango Editors. Lesson ID: 10067

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categories

## Measurement and Data

subject
Math
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

## Lesson Plan - Get It!

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The Olympic games have an event called the long jump.

• How far do you think you can jump?
• Two inches? Two feet? How about 30 centimeters?
• How far do you think an Olympic jumper can jump?

Explore length in this lesson and find out!

Wow! That was a long jump!

• Are you ready to give it a try?

1. Make a starting line with masking or painter’s tape.
1. Take a running jump! Great job!
• What could you use to measure the length of your jump?
• Maybe a ruler or measuring tape?
1. Use a measuring tape to see how far you jumped.
• How many inches did you jump?
• About how many feet did you jump?
• Do you want to try again?
1. This time, do a standing jump and see how long you jumped.
• Who jumped farther?

Great job jumping!

You may have jumped far enough to measure the length in feet, but this lesson will focus on measuring short lengths with inches and centimeters.

There are two systems used to measure length.

One system called the standard system uses inches and feet.

The other system, called the metric system, uses centimeters and meters.

• Which is smaller: an inch or a centimeter?
• How do you know?