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Using the State Curriculum: Mathematics, Grade 5




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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 weight or mass
    Assessment limit: Use the nearest ounce for weight and the nearest gram for mass
  2. Estimate and determine capacity
    Assessment limit: Use the nearest ounce


B. Measurement Tools


  • 1. Measure in customary and metric units
  1. Select and use appropriate tools and units
    Assessment limit: Measure length to 1/8 inch with a ruler


  • 2. Measure angles
  1. Measure a single angle and angles in regular polygons
    Assessment limit: Measure an angle between 0 and 180 to the nearest degree


C. Applications in Measurement


  • 1. Estimate and apply measurement formulas
  1. Determine perimeter
    Assessment limit: Use polygons with no more than 8 sides and whole numbers (0 –500)
  2. Determine area
    Assessment limit: Use rectangles and whole numbers (0 – 200)
  3. Find the area and the perimeter of any closed figure on a grid
    Assessment limit: Use whole and partial units (0-50)
  4. Estimate and determine volume by counting


  1. Determine start, elapsed, and end time
    Assessment limit: Use the nearest minute
  2. Determine equivalent units of measurement
    Assessment limit: Use seconds, minutes, and hours or pints, quarts, and gallons

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