4th Grade Measurement Math Problems

If your child is struggling with measurement, you might have him or her practice at home by measuring various objects around the house. You also might create your own measuring worksheets with practice problems for your child to solve.

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How to Practice Measuring at Home

To create practice worksheets for your child, you can draw several straight lines on a piece of paper, and have your child measure them with a ruler. For more advanced practice, you could draw various angles, and have your child measure them using a protractor. Practice problems like these emphasize accuracy.

For more creative practice, you can work with your child to measure the dimensions of the rooms in your house. Also, as your child grows, you can mark his or her height on a wall, and have your child measure that height using a ruler. This provides good practice with measuring large objects, and your child likely will be motivated to take part to see how much he or she has grown.

Additionally, you can take advantage of everyday opportunities that require measuring. For instance, if you're buying a new piece of furniture and need to measure to see if it will fit in an allotted space, have your child measure the area instead of doing it yourself. Your child may enjoy seeing how his or her schoolwork connects to the outside world.

Measurement Problems for 4th Graders

1. Julianne is 4 feet and 2 inches tall, and Ava is 3 feet and 11 inches tall. How much taller is Julianne than Ava?

To solve this problem, your child must know that there are 12 inches in a foot. Since Ava is one inch away from being 4 feet, Julianne is 3 inches taller than her.

2. A caterpillar is 7/8 of an inch. Draw that length on your paper.

For this problem, your child should use a ruler to draw a line that's 7/8 of an inch long.

3. A tree is 5 feet tall. How many inches is that?

To solve, your child may find it beneficial to create a conversion table that compares feet to inches. For instance, one foot is 12 inches, two feet is 24 inches, three feet is 36 inches and so on. Another way to figure out this problem is to multiply five by 12 (5 x 12 = 60), so the tree is 60 inches tall.

4. If a room is 11 feet long and 13 feet wide, what is its area?

The formula for the area of a rectangle is area = length x width. In this case, multiply the length (11) by the width (13). Because 11 x 13 = 143, the area of the room is 143 square feet.
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