Measurement Benchmarks
 
 These benchmarks will be used throughout the elementary grades to help your child get a feel for what the units mean.
 
Customary or Standard Measurement
 
Length

inch – width of a quarter

foot – length of a football

yard – length of a baseball bat

mile – you can walk it in 20 minutes

  

Mass (Weight)

ounce – slice of bread

pound – loaf of bread

 

Capacity

cup – juice box

pint – large glass

quart – half of OJ carton

gallon – jug of milk

 

Temperature

Fahrenheit – used in U.S.

 

 

Metric Measurement

 

Length

millimeter – thickness of a dime

centimeter – width of your finger

decimeter – length of a new crayon

meter – half the height of a door

kilometer – you can walk it in 12 min.

 

Mass (Weight)

gram – paper clip

kilogram – textbook

 

Capacity

milliliter – 4 eyedropper drops

liter – half of a soda bottle

 

 Temperature

Celsius – used in most other countries and by scientists

 

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