I have to admit, it took me awhile to fully understand how to properly use a ruler growing up once I was required to measure things to the 1/4 inch. So, I came up with a visual to help my students understand how to measure to the nearest 1/2 or 1/4 inch. I still use this process in my head when I'm measuring!
First, they find the nearest inch. This is also a great time to talk about whole numbers.
Then, they find the half-inch. This is when we review fractions of a set, stressing that halves are 1 of 2 things in a set.
They continue the process to find the fourths. We review fractions of a set again, this time stressing how fourths are 1 of 4 things in a set.
Finally, we practice measuring to the nearest 1/2 and 1/4 inch.
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Do you have any ways to help your students understand measurement or fractions of a set? I'd love to hear how!