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5th Grade Measurement and Data

This page provides examples of 5th Grade Measurement and Data Activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. These activities are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings. All files f are in PDF format and can be accessed using Adobe Reader. For 3rd and 4th Grade Measurement and Data Activities click on the links below.


5th Grade Measurement and Data Activities

Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system
5.MD1 Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5cm to 0.05m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
Possible Activities
Comparing Units of Metric Linear Measure
Metric Conversion Word Problems

Represent and interpret data
5.MD2 Make a line plot to display a set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, ¼, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots. For example, given different measurements of liquid in identical beakers, find the amount of liquid each beaker would contain if the total amount in all the beakers were redistributed equally.
Fractions on a Line Plot
Sacks of Flour

Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition
5.MD3 Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
a. A cube with side length 1 unit, called a “unit cube,” is said to have “one cubic unit” of volume, and can be used to measure volume.

Build a cubic meter
Build a cubic meter

Build a Cubic Meter

b. A solid figure which can be packed without gaps or overlaps using n unit cubes is said to have a volume of n cubic units.
Exploring Volume
Building Rectangular Prisms with a Given Volume

5.MD4 Measure volume by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.

Possible Activities:
3D Structures
Roll a Rectangular Prism
Four Open Boxes

Teacher Quote

5.MD5 Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.
a. Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with whole-number side lengths by packing it with unit cubes, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths, equivalently by multiplying the height by the area of the base. Represent threefold whole-number products as volumes, e.g., to represent the associative property of multiplication.
b. Apply the formulas V= l x w x h and V = b x h for rectangular prisms to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with whole-number edge lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems.
What's the Volume?
Ordering Rectangular Prisms by Volume
Designing a Toy Box
Designing a Cereal Box
Create a Sculpture

c. Recognize volume as additive. Find volumes of solid figures composed of two non-overlapping right rectangular prisms by adding the volumes of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems.
Possible Tasks:
Comparing Buildings
Find the Volume
Joe's Buildings


5th Grade Measurement and Data Read-Alouds


More 5th Grade Measurement and Data Resources


5th Grade E-Books (click on a cover for more information)

5th Grade Math Journals
Math Projects Gr. 3-5
5th Grade Math Vocabulary Resources
5th Grade Math Journals in Spanish

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