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Measurement and Data

Critical Content

Power Standards

  • Use conversions within a given measurement system to solve multi-step, real-world problems. (5.MD.1)
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of rectangular prisms. (5.MD.5)


Concepts and Skills

* Power Standard Content

  • * Choose and use appropriate methods to find the volume of rectangular prisms
  • Use formulas and other strategies to find the perimeter of polygons and areas of circles
  • Estimate length with and without tools
  • Use tools to measure length to the nearest 1/8 inch and millimeter
  • Use appropriate tools to draw and measure angles
  • * Convert among measurement units within a given system (e.g., 5 cm to 0.05 m)
  • Analyze data (maximum, minimum, mode, median, mean)
  • Collect and organize data in appropriate graphic representations
  • Make a line plot to display a data set of measurement in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8)
  • Experiment with probability to determine accuracy of predicted outcomes


Critical Language

Language Usage

  • A student in 5th grade can demonstrate the ability to apply and comprehend critical language by explaining the relationship between volume and the dimensions of a three dimensional object to multiplication and addition, as well as the relationship between different sized standard units of measurement within a given measurement system, and explaining the likelihood of a set of events.


Content-Specific Vocabulary

  • Measurement
  • Unit
  • Length
  • Width
  • Base
  • Height
  • Metric units
  • U.S. customary units
  • Standard units
  • Volume
  • Square units
  • Cubic units
  • Circumference
  • Line plot
  • Area
  • Probability
  • Prism
  • Π
  • Variables
  • Associative Property of Multiplication
  • Chance
  • Equivalent


Process-Specific Vocabulary

  • Formula
  • Estimate
  • Convert
  • Classify
  • System
  • Likelihood
  • Accuracy
  • Generalization


Concept-Based Connections

Essential Understandings

  • Use of different units of measurement can provide more accurate information in a variety of situations.
  • Collection, organization and analysis of data help facilitate making predictions, generalizations and drawing conclusions.
  • Three-dimensional objects can be described by their volume/capacity.


Factual Guiding Questions

  • How do units of volume and capacity compare?
  • What is the relationship between theoretical and experimental data?
  • How can data be organized to find probabilities?
  • What are different standards of measurement?
  • What is volume? What is capacity? How are they the same/different?
  • How do you know when to use a certain unit of measurement?
  • Is there a formula for determining the volume of a rectangular prism?
  • How do you determine the volume of a rectangular prism?


Conceptual Guiding Questions

  • Will all 3-dimensional objects have the same volume / capacity with a given set of dimensions?
  • What measurement represents a given situation best?
  • How can models, benchmarks and equivalent forms help us judge the likelihood of an event?
  • When is it necessary to be accurate in making measurements?
  • When should you be interested in an individual set of data as compared with the entire data set?
  • When is determining the volume of a 3-dimensional figure applicable in real life?


Engaging/Debatable Guiding Questions

  • Why do we need standard measures?
  • Is there one appropriate method for making accurate measurements?
  • Is there only one correct way to interpret a given set of data?