Teaching Standard and Non-Standard Measurement in Early Primary
10 October 2019 - 5 min Read

We all know how important measurement skills are in early education—and we can all use some fresh ideas and tools to keep the lessons interesting and fun!

Measurement skills and tools are essential to successful learning in almost every teaching subject, from maths and science to history and geography, and right on through to sports, art and music. Whatever the subject, measurement has a part to play. Embedding a child’s understanding of key concepts like weight, distance, volume, temperature and time is hugely important to their education as a whole.

Before we moving on to the big, brave world of tape measures, scales and thermometers, it’s crucial to put in place the building blocks children are going to need in order to develop their understanding of the concepts of measurement.


Non-standard measurement begins with developing their awareness of the physical characteristics of an object and what needs to be measured. Armed with these fundamentals, your students will then move on to building comparison skills and recognising the need for a measurement unit, initially among everyday classroom objects, before taking the next step – to understanding the need for standard measurement units.

At Top Teacher, we know from personal experience that when it comes to measurement, it’s crucial to find a variety of engaging methods to help get the messages across.

Our printable teacher resources, tasks, games and activities are designed with the Australian curriculum in mind. Equipped with these great tools, you’ll be able to create stimulating and motivating learning experiences for your class.

Here’s just a couple of examples:

  • Our Measure It tools allows students to develop their ability to measure using informal unit. This quirky resource is not only fun, but also extremely interacting. Measure It! uses cut out images, provides each student with their own recording sheet and a range of units of measurement. They use their moto functions by selecting an item to use when measuring each picture such as a farm, transport and under the sea.
  •  Imagine turning maths into fun! Our Length Comparison resource does exactly that and teachers love it. This resource encourages students to use their judgement and stimulate their decision making skills by comparing the length of two different collection of items to determine which is longer or shorter. Once they have worked this out, they will mark it on their recording sheet, either by colouring in the correct picture or using a bingo dobber.

If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll find these—and much, much more—on our Resources page. Simply choose from our fantastic range of teaching resources and start downloading.

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