Neshaminy School District

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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

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



cup – juice box

pint – large glass

quart – half of OJ carton

gallon – jug of milk



Fahrenheit – used in U.S.



Metric Measurement



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



milliliter – 4 eyedropper drops

liter – half of a soda bottle



Celsius – used in most other countries and by scientists