A Measurement “Treasure Hunt” Lesson For Fourth Graders


common core standards fourth grade math lessonThis Common Core Standards Fourth Grade Math Lesson Will Get Your Students Collaborating and Keep Them Engaged and Moving around the Room as They Solve Measurement Problems

By Cameron Pipkin

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This lesson is a “treasure hunt.” You will find slips of paper containing measurement problems for your students to solve in this PowerPoint. These slips of paper, or “slides” in this Common Core Standards fourth grade math lesson are the treasure, and also clues that students will use to move from one problem to the next.  Cut out each of the question slides and place them around the room, stick them on the walls if you wish. Print out and distribute the answer sheet, one per pupil, or team, and set them off to find the answers.

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This Common Core Standards fourth grade math lesson helps to quiz students on many of the Common Core Math Standards that involve measurements, and provides a fantastic learning opportunity. After the treasure hunt has ended, one teacher who uses this lesson says that she asks students to volunteer as “experts”—individuals who got the correct answer to the problem on a particular slide. The experts will pair with people who did not get the correct answer and do their best to help explain the process for solving the problem. The hunt itself can last for as little as 20 minutes, but the group work, with peer teaching peer, can become the bulk of the Common Core Standards fourth grade math lesson, lasting for days, depending upon the classroom.

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This Common Core Standards fourth grade math lesson is aligned to the following Standards:

4.MD.1. Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.

4.MD.2. Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller units.

4.MD.3. Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.

I’ve heard teachers rave about this lesson. Let me know how it goes for you.

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