Measuring UP!

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In this math lesson, learners use inchworm measuring tools to measure the lengths of several objects in the room. Learners first read "Inch by Inch" by Leo Lionni and listen carefully for how the inchworm measures throughout the story. Next learners use inchworm manipulatives to measure their feet, arms, legs, and hands. Learners also work in pairs to measure objects around the room.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Lyman, Nichol


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