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Measuring in Inches

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Zuri and Freddie ordered sandwiches for lunch today. Zuri got the six inch Tuna Toastie. Freddie got the seven inch Mega Melt. They agreed to split the eight inch spiral donut. However, when the delivery arrives, all the food is wrapped the same! So they decide to measure each item to figure out which ‘wich is which! In this video, Zuri and Freddie learn about measuring in inches.

Inches Definition

An inch is a small unit of measurement used in the United States to describe how long, wide, or tall something is. An inch is about the length of a quarter or a paperclip. It can be used to find the size of things like cell phones, laptops, trading cards, and food. Inch can be abbreviated with the letters I N period or with one set of quotation marks that follow the number.

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To find an object's size in inches, we can use a measuring ruler in inches to determine its length. Rulers are tools that give us precise, or exact, measurements in a given unit.

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Measuring Lengths in Inches

To practice measuring in inches with a ruler, let's use the order in the image below. First, line up one end of the food with the zero mark of the ruler.

Next, find the other end of the food and determine which mark it is closest to.

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Then, read the number at the inch mark to find the length of the object. Here it lines up with the number eight.

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Lastly, record the measurement by writing the number and labeling it in inches.

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Summary of Steps: Measuring in Inches for Kids

To measure using an inch ruler:

  • First, line up one end of an object up with the zero mark of the ruler.

  • Next, find the other end of the object and determine which mark it is closest to.

  • Then, read the number at the inch mark to find the length of the object.

  • Lastly, record the measurement by writing the number and labeling it in inches.

2nd Grade Measuring in Inches Worksheets

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Transcript Measuring in Inches

Freddie and Zuri decided to get sandwiches for lunch today. Zuri ordered the six inch Tuna Toastie. Freddie ordered the seven inch Mega Melt. They decided to split the eight inch spiral glazed donut. But when the delivery arrived, all the food was wrapped the same! Let's learn about "Measuring in Inches" to see if we can help Freddie and Zuri tell the orders apart! An inch is a small unit of measurement used in the United States to describe how long, wide, or tall something is. An inch is about the length of a quarter or a paperclip. It can be used to find the size of things like cell phones, laptops, trading cards, and food. Inch can be abbreviated with the letters I N period or with one set of quotation marks that follow the number. To find an object's size in inches, we can use an inch ruler to measure it. Rulers are tools that give us precise, or exact, measurements in a given unit. To practice measuring using an inch ruler, let's use this order. First, line up one end of the food with the zero mark of the ruler. Next, find the other end of the food and determine which mark it is closest to. Then, read the number at the inch mark to find the length of the object. Here it lines up with the number eight. Lastly, record the measurement by writing the number and labeling it inches. This must be the eight inch spiral glazed donut! Try measuring this sandwich now! First, line up one end of the sandwich with the zero mark of the ruler. Next, look at the other end of the sandwich and find the closest mark. Then, read the number to find the length of the sandwich. Here it lines up with the number seven! THIS must be the seven inch Mega Melt! Now we can measure the final sandwich! The first end of the sandwich is lined up with the zero mark of the ruler. What number mark is the other end of this sandwich lined up to? It is lined up to eleven. So this sandwich is eleven inches long. "Wait a second...the Tuna Toastie was supposed to be six inches!" Before we sort out the sandwich situation, let's remember! Today, we learned about measuring in inches. An inch is a small measurement used to determine how long, wide, or tall something is. To find an object's size in inches, we can use inch rulers to measure it exactly. To measure using an inch ruler: First, line up one end of an object up with the zero mark of the ruler. Next, find the other end of the object and determine which mark it is closest to. Then, read the number at the inch mark to find the length of the object. Lastly, record the measurement by writing the number and labeling it in inches. "Who could that be?" "It was the delivery driver....turns out that wasn’t our order." "That explains the eleven inch sandwich. I guess we'll have to measure them all over again." "Why don't we just open them this time?"

Measuring in Inches exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Measuring in Inches.
  • How can we write inches?

    Hints

    Remember, there are two ways to abbreviate inches. One is a shortened spelling, the other is a symbol.

    Solution

    Inches can be written as: in. or "

  • Measure the sandwich.

    Hints

    Remember, to find the total number of inches, look at the end of the object.

    Solution

    The sandwich is 7 in. long. It must be Freddie's mega melt!

  • Highlight the correct placement for measuring on an inch ruler.

    Hints

    Remember, when measuring using an inch ruler, place one end of the object being measured on the zero.

    Solution

    Freddie will place one end of his sandwich at the 0 mark of the ruler. Then, he can find the other end of the food, and determine the mark it is closest to. Now, we can read the number at the inch mark to find the length of his sandwich. His sandwich is 8".

  • Find the length in inches.

    Hints

    Remember, look at the other end of the burrito and find the closest mark. Read the number to find the length of the sandwich.

    Solution

    Zuri must be hungry, the burrito is 11" long!

  • Highlight the objects.

    Hints

    Remember, an inch is a small unit of measurement.

    Which of these items would you use a ruler to measure?

    Solution

    The correct answers are: the phone, the laptop and the sandwich.

    An inch is a small unit of measurement, used to measure things like phones, laptops, or food. A car is large, and it would not make sense to measure it in inches.

  • Use an inch ruler to find the length.

    Hints

    Remember, look at where the object ends.

    Solution

    The banana split is 6 inches long.