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Measuring length and height using cm and mm

I can measure length and height using mm or whole cm and mm.

New
New
Year 3

Measuring length and height using cm and mm

I can measure length and height using mm or whole cm and mm.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. The length or height of objects can be measured in mm or in whole cm and mm.
  2. It is more efficient to start at zero when measuring.
  3. If the object is not lined up with zero, then the difference needs to be found.

Common misconception

The length or height of an object is the numerical value at the end of the ruler (if not at zero).

If an object is not measured from zero, its length is the difference between the numerical value at the start and end of the object.

Keywords

  • Millimetre - A millimetre is a standardised unit of measurement. We can abbreviate millimetre to mm.

  • Centimetre - A centimetre is a standardised unit of measurement. We can abbreviate centimetre to cm.

  • Difference - The difference is the result of subtracting one number from another.

Where possible, do the suggested activities practically so pupils gain experience of handling measuring equipment and build reference points in relation to length and height.
Teacher tip

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6 Questions

Q1.
Match the object to the unit that would be used to measure it.
Correct Answer:Height of a house,metres

metres

Correct Answer:Width of a finger nail,millimetres

millimetres

Correct Answer:Length of a book,centimetres

centimetres

Q2.
Starting with the shortest, put these units of measure in order.
1 - 1 mm
2 - 1 cm
3 - 1 m
Q3.
Is the pebble longer or shorter than 1 cm?
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Longer
Correct answer: Shorter
Q4.
What is the length of this leaf?
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Correct answer: 3 cm
4 cm
7 cm
Q5.
Starting with the shortest, put these measurements in order of height.
1 - 6 mm
2 - 1 cm
3 - 3 cm
4 - 40 mm
5 - 50 mm
6 - 6 cm
7 - 100 mm
Q6.
A piece of string is 100 mm long. 5 cm is cut off. What is the length of the piece of string now?
Correct Answer: 5 cm, 50 mm

6 Questions

Q1.
Which of the following would be good to measure in millimetres (mm)?
Height of a door
Length of a bus
Correct answer: Width of a pencil
Q2.
Match the unit of measure to its abbreviation.
Correct Answer:Metre,m

m

Correct Answer:Centimetre,cm

cm

Correct Answer:Millimetre,mm

mm

Q3.
What number of mm is the arrow pointing to?
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Correct Answer: 6 mm, 6, six mm, six millimetres
Q4.
What is the length of this leaf in mm?
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Correct Answer: 34 mm, 34
Q5.
What is the length of this ribbon in mm?
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30 mm
Correct answer: 55 mm
85 mm
Q6.
Give the height of this cake in whole cm and mm.
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Correct Answer: 3 cm 4 mm