This page provides samples of 3rd 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 available in our **3rd Grade Math Centers eBook.**

**Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.**

**3.MD.A.1** Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time
intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and
subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the
problem on a number line diagram.**Sample Activity:****Word Problems: Time Intervals**

** Time Barrier Game (ver. 3)

** Time Bump (ver. 4)

**3.MD.A.2** Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l). Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve one-step word problems involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as a beaker with a measurement scale) to represent the problem.**Sample Activities:**

More or Less than a Liter?

** Weigh it Twice

** Marble Grab

** Measuring One Liter

** Capacity Lineup

** Word Problems: Volume and Mass

**Represent and interpret data**

**3.MD.B.3** Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to
represent a data set with several categories. Solve one-and two step
“how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented
in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each
square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.

**Sample Activity:**

**Represent and Interpret Data **

** Graphing M&M's

** Gummy Bear Graph

** Paper Ball Throw

** Jake's Survey

**3.MD.B.4** Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers
marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show data by making a line
plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units-
whole numbers, halves, or quarters.**Sample Activity:**

Measure to the Nearest Half-Inch **Also included in** 3rd Grade Math Centers**** Measure to the Nearest Quarter Inch **

** Measuring Names Line Plot (ver. 1)

** Measuring Names Line Plot (ver. 2)

**Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.3.MD.C.5 Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.a. A square with side length 1 unit, called a “unit square”, is said to have “one square unit” of area, and can be used to measure area.Sample Activity:Square Units**

b. A plane figure which can be covered without gaps or overlaps by n unit squares is said to have an area of n square units.

Sample Activities:

Area on the Geoboard

Find the Area (N.B. When printing this activity you may need to specify no page scaling so that the exact size is maintained. Some printers

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**3.MD.C.6 **Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).**Sample Activity:**Rectangles with Color Tiles

a. Find the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths by tiling it, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths.

Find the Area of a Rectangle

b. Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole-number side lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.**Included in** 3rd Grade Math Centers**** Word Problems: Area**

c. Use tiling to show in a concrete case that the area of a rectangle
with whole-number side lengths a and b + c is the sum of axb and axc.
Use area models to represent the distributive property in mathematical
reasoning.**Sample Activity:**Jack's Rectangles

d. Recognize area as additive. Find areas of rectilinear figures by
decomposing them into non-overlapping rectangles and adding the areas of
the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world
problems.

**Sample Activities:Find Areas of Rectilinear Figures (ver. 1)**

Design a Flower Bed

** Three Rectangles

Squares on a Geoboard

** Perimeter on the Geoboard

** Word Problems: Perimeter