3rd Grade Math Centers

This page provides sample 3rd Grade Measurement and Data Centers from our 
3rd Grade Math Centers eBook.  Try out the sample Measurement and Data Centers listed in blue under each Common Core State Standard or download the 3rd Grade Math Centers eBook and have all the Number, Geometry, Measurement and Data Centers you’ll need for the entire school year in one convenient digital file.  With over 150 easy-prep, engaging centers this resource will simplify your lesson planning and make hands-on math instruction an integral part of your classroom.
Teaching in a state that is implementing their own specific math standards?  Download our 3rd Grade Correlations document for cross-referenced tables outlining the alignment of each state's standards with the CCSS-M, as well as the page numbers in our 3rd Grade Math Centers eBook related to each standard.  

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.

Word Problems: Time Intervals

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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.

Estimating Weight
More or Less than a Liter?

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3rd Grade Elapsed Time Word Problems
3rd Grade Liquid Volume & Mass Word Problems
3rd Grade Area Word Problems



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.

Gummy Bear Graph
Paper Ball Throw

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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.

Measuring Strips Line Plot
Squid Eyes

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Grid Paper Animals
Grid Paper Animals Student Work
Rectangular Robot


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.

Square Units

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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.

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 by default print pages at the setting 'Shrink to Fit'. Ensure that your printer is set to print at 100%.)

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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).

Grid Paper Animals
Cover Your Notebook

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3.MD.C.7 Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.
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

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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.

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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.

Jack's Rectangles 

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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.

Find Areas of Rectilinear Figures (v. 1)

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Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures

3.MD.D.8 Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.

Squares on a Geoboard
Rectangular Robot 

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