2nd Grade Measurement and Data

This page provides samples of 2nd Grade Measurement and Data Activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings and are designed to  provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. All sample files are in PDF format
. Sample activities listed in blue are available for immediate download. Activities listed in **grey are included in our 2nd Grade Math Centers eBook.

Measure and estimate lengths in standard units
2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Sample Activities:
Measuring Paths
Measuring with a Meter Stick
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Measuring Strips

2.MD.1 Measuring Length

2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
Sample Activity:
Measure it Twice
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Measuring with Two Units
** Measuring in Inches and Feet
** Measuring in Centimeters and Meters

2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
Sample Activity:
Estimating Measures in Meters
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Estimating Length
** Estimating Centimeter Measures

2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard unit length.

Sample Activities:
Comparing Lengths in Centimeters
Gummy Worm Stretch
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Are You A Square or a Rectangle? 
** Comparing Lengths in Meters
** How Far Can You Jump?
** Measuring Cuisenaire Rods

Gummy Worm Stretch

Relate addition and subtraction to length
2.MD.B.5 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Sample Activities:
Length Word Problems

2.MD.B.6 Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0,1,2 …, and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.
Included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Jumping Frogs (ver. 1)
** Jumping Frogs (ver. 2)

Work with time and money
2.MD.C.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
Sample Activity:
Time Barrier Game (ver. 2)
Also included
 in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Time Match (ver. 3 & 4)
** Time Bump (ver. 1-3)
** a.m. or p.m.?
** One Hour Earlier, One Hour Later

2.MD.C.8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies using $ and cent symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Sample Activities:
Money Board
Which Has the Greater Value?
Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
A Quarter from the Tooth Fairy    
A Chair for My Mother 
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Coin Sort
** Coin Scoop (ver. 1-3)
** Coin Barrier Game
** Money Word Problems
** Joe's Fruit and Vegetable Store
** Make One Dollar

Measurement and Data Read-Alouds

Money read aloud
Money Read Aloud

Represent and interpret data
2.MD.D.9 Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
Sample Activity:
Measurement Line Plot

2.MD.D.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Sample Activity:
Button Bar Graph
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
** Button Picture Graph
** Collecting and Representing Data

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