Activity Worksheet: Making a Ruler

There are guidance and examples here related to this worksheet. Printing Note: Some printers do not default to printing at 100%. If necessary, set your printer to 100% to ensure the grid on the cut out is correctly sized.

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Use the cut-out to make a ruler like the example shown. Create the ruler in 3 phases as shown by the examples, and use it to first measure objects to the nearest inch, then the nearest half inch, and finally to the nearest fourth of an inch.


A blank ruler outline on a 1/8 inch grid

Examples: Phase 1, 2, & 3

A 6 inch ruler marked just at the whole inches A 6 inch ruler with marks every half inch A 6 inch ruler with marks at every fourth of an inch

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Related Resources

The various resources listed below are aligned to the same standard, (3MD04) taken from the CCSM (Common Core Standards For Mathematics) as the Measurement Worksheet shown above.

Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units – whole numbers, halves, or quarters.


Taking Measurements and Creating Line Plots


Similar to the above listing, the resources below are aligned to related standards in the Common Core For Mathematics that together support the following learning outcome:

Represent and interpret data