5th Grade Measurement – CCSS

Model – Draw – Solve – Explain – Justify


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  • Perform conversions
  • Solve perimeter and area problems with and without conversions
  • Find area of composite figures
  • Understand volume
  • Solve volume problems with and without conversions
  • Find composite volume
  • Perimeter, area, and volume – all mixed up

Available in English and Spanish


TeachTransform’s 5th Grade Measurement is all about 2-d and 3-d measurement. Students use tables to perform conversions, providing practice in algebraic reasoning. They model the figures and use their models to decide if they need to perform a conversion and then choose area, perimeter, or volume to solve the problem. They solve composite area and composite volume problems. The concept of ‘formula’ is developed so that students understand why formulas exist and how to use them. They learn to organize their solutions to keep track of the complicated computations required in 5th grade. Activities include lots of scaffolding so measurement is accessible for all students. 

High interest contexts keep students engaged and develop problem solving grit. For example, students find perimeter and area of the largest video screens in the world, a couple of which are in Texas (go figure). And they explore the Cave of Wilds with Springback Jack the pirate.

5th Grade Measurement includes activities for the whole class, small groups, centers, intervention, and guided math that build the academic language of measurement.

Each activity includes:

  • CCSS
  • Setting Up for Instruction
  • How-To Guide with full teacher directions including questions
  • Thought Extender Questions to help students get ‘unstuck’ and focus on the math concepts
  • Answer Key
  • Content explanations to deepen teacher understanding of fraction concepts
  • Instruction extras to support implementation of instructional strategies

Tutoring & Intervention

5th Grade Measurement activities can be used for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 instruction in 5th grade. Need to back up? Use 4th Grade Measurement: Length, Perimeter, Area, & Conversions to fill gaps in understanding perimeter and area. For example, for 5th graders struggling to use a formula, use Understanding Perimeter Formulas or Understanding the Area Formula for Rectangles. For students who confuse perimeter and area, use Mia’s Tree House or Which Is It: Area or Perimeter?

Instructional Alignment from Grades 3–5

TeachTransform’s measurement books are tightly aligned in both instructional style and modeling, providing students a seamless transition from an elementary concrete approach to measurement to an algebraic, middle school approach.

For students who are “growing up” with TeachTransform’s instructional materials, you can expect them, with a little prompting, to give an answer that includes a why, to use sentences to explain their thinking, to question each other in small groups. This lightens the instructional and cognitive load in each grade and leads to mastery.

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