Lesson 2
Measure in Fourths of an Inch
Lesson Purpose
Lesson Narrative
In the previous lesson, students applied what they knew about fractions to partition inches into halves and measure lengths to the nearest half inch. In this lesson, students partition inches into fourths and measure lengths to both the nearest fourth and half of an inch.
Students are likely to see that they can use the ruler partitioned into fourths to measure lengths in whole numbers of inches, halves of an inch, and fourths of an inch, rather than to use separate rulers for different fractions. Some students may use fraction equivalence to describe the same length in half of an inch and fourth of an inch, which is helpful but not essential at this point. Focus the conversation on choosing the nearest quarter inch to describe the length of the object being measured. Students will consider the equivalence of \(\frac{1}{2}\) inch and \(\frac{2}{4}\) inch in the next lesson.
 Representation
 MLR2
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Measure lengths using rulers marked with fourths of an inch.
Student Facing
 Let’s measure lengths in quarters of an inch.
Required Materials
Materials to Gather
Required Preparation
Activity 1:
 Each group of 2 will need a ruler that didn’t get partitioned in the previous lesson.
Activity 2:
 Each group of 2 will need the rulers from previous activities: one that was partitioned into half inches and another partitioned into quarter inches.
CCSS Standards
Addressing
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  20 min 
Activity 2  20 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
Suggested Centers
 Estimate and Measure (1–4), Stage 2: Centimeters and Inches (Supporting)
 Target Measurements (2–5), Stage 1: Inches and Centimeters (Supporting)
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