Measurement Math Worksheets
Measuring Length

Welcome to the 2nd Grade Math Salamanders Measurement Math Worksheets page.

Here you will find our selection of free measuring sheets to help your child learn to measure lengths and read scales on a ruler going up in halves (and quarters).

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Counting and Place Value

Counting is one of the very first skills young children learn to do in their math journey.

When children first learn to count, they learn the number sequence, usually up to ten, but without an understanding of what the numbers mean.

Next, they learn to count objects and numbers of things that are in front of them and learn 1:1 correspondence when counting.

During this stage children are still learning their number sequence, and that numbers continue past 10. They learn to count up to higher numbers like 20 or 30. Eventually, they manage to learn to count up to 100, and that numbers up to 100 can be split up into tens and ones. Their Place Value learning has begun!

At a higher level, children know their place value up to 1000. They can count accurately by 1s, 10s and 100s from different starting points, and can split numbers up into hundreds, tens and ones.

By the end of 2nd grade, most children should be able to:

  • read, write, compare and order numbers up to 1000.
  • count by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 100s for at least 25 terms;
  • count on or back by 1s, 10s and 100s from a range of starting points (up to 1000);
  • identify the number of 1s, 10s or 100s in a 3 digit number, and say what the value of each digit is;
  • write 3 digit numbers in expanded form, e.g. 375 = 300 + 70 + 5;
  • take a number written in expanded form and work out its value, e.g. 700 + 20 + 4 = 724;

Measuring Length using a Ruler

Before being able to measure a length or draw a length using a ruler, a child must first be able to read a scale accurately.

At second grade, children are introduced to scales going up by halves and they should be able to read scales to the nearest half-unit.

Once a child is confident reading scales, then they are ready to use a ruler to draw and measure lines.

When using a ruler it is important to teach children to read from the zero line - not the end of the ruler, as many rulers have a slight space before the zero line.

When drawing a line, it is also important to teach children to bridge the ruler with their supporting hand properly. Children naturally tend to support just one end of the ruler, so when they are drawing lines it often goes wonky towards the end which is not supported.

Incorrect position of ruler to measure a line with the line starting at the end of the ruler

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Correct position of ruler to measure a line with the line starting at zero.

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Measurement Math Worksheets - Measuring Length

On this page, you will find a range of worksheets designed to help your child read scales on a ruler in both inches and centimeters.

There are also some measuring lines worksheets with the rulers correctly positioned underneath each line.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • read scales going up in halves;
  • begin to learn the difference in size between inches and centimeters;
  • measure a line accurately to half an inch or cm;
  • begin to read scales going up in quarters.

How Many Inches - (to half an inch)

How Many Centimeters - (to half a cm)

Measure the Line (inches - to half an inch)

Measure the Line (centimeters - to half a cm)

Measure the Line (inches - to quarter of an inch)

Looking for something a little harder?

These worksheets are at an harder level than those on this page.

They involve learning to read a variety of scales in different units, such as a measuring jug, weighing scales and also a ruler.

The measurement math worksheets on this page are at 2nd grade level, but are more complex than the sheets on this page.

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Looking for something easier?

If the measurement math worksheets in this section are too difficult and you are looking for some easier measurement worksheets then the sheets in this section will hopefully help.

The links below will take you to some kindergarten and first grade measurement worksheet pages which should be at an easier level than the sheets on this page with scale that go up in ones.

Looking for some other number line worksheets?

The number line worksheets on this page involve numbers up to 1000 using integers only.

All the math number lines go up by ones, or tens, and there are similar activities to those on this page.


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