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Using the State Curriculum: Mathematics, Grade 4




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Standard 3.0 Knowledge of Measurement

Students will identify attributes, units, or systems of measurements or apply a variety of techniques, formulas, tools or technology for determining measurements.


A. Measurement Units


  • 1. Read customary and metric measurement units
  1. Estimate and determine length and height
    Assessment limit: Use the nearest millimeter or ¼ inch
  2. Estimate and determine weight or mass
  3. Estimate and determine capacity


B. Measurement Tools


  • 1. Measure in customary and metric units
  1. Select and use appropriate tools and units
    Assessment limit: Use the nearest millimeter or ¼ inch with a ruler


  • 2. Compare right angles to a corner


C. Applications in Measurement


  • 1. Apply measurement concepts
  1. Determine perimeter
    Assessment limit: Use polygons with no more than 6 sides given the length of the sides in whole numbers (0 – 100)
  2. Determine area
    Assessment limit: Use rectangles with the length of the sides in whole numbers (0 – 100)
  3. Determine start time, elapsed time, and end time
    Assessment limit: Use hour and half hour intervals


  1. Determine equivalent units of length
    Assessment limit: Use 36 inches = 1 yard and whole numbers (0-100)
  2. Determine equivalent units of time
  3. Determine equivalent units of capacity and weight within the same system

Note: Highlighted assessment limits will be tested in the no calculator section of MSA. In the assessment limit, (0-10) or (-10 to 10) means all numbers in the problem or the answer will fall within the range of 0 to 10 (including endpoints) or -10 to 10 (including endpoints), respectively. All content standards are tested in MSA but not all objectives. Objectives that have an assessment limit are tested on MSA. Objectives without an assessment limit are not tested on MSA.

June 2004