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Length
These measurement problems focus on the one-dimensional concepts of length and distance.

Related Resources
Interactive resources from our Math Tools project:
   Math 4: Measurement
The closest match in our Ask Dr. Math archives:
   Elementary Measurement
NCTM Standards:
   Measurement Standard for Grades 3-5

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Across the Netherlands - Maggie Hos-McGrane
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Help sort out this bike trip through the Netherlands (requires a bit of map reading). Initially a two-week problem. ... more>>

Across Wisconsin - Jo Wenzler
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine how long it will take this athletic math teacher to bike across Wisconsin (requires a little map reading). Initially a two-week problem. ... more>>

Aidan's Millimeter Measurements - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. Calculate Aidan's height and age based on his well-baby measurements at the doctor's office. ... more>>

Baseball Trivia - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many runs do the Phillies have to score before the base runners have covered a mile? ... more>>

Birthday Trip - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Just how far is the trip to Aunt Mazie's house? ... more>>

Building the Fence - Steve Risberg & Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Herta is building a fence. How wide will the gaps between the pickets be so that everything is spaced evenly? ... more>>

California Dreaming - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine the length of time that will be needed to drive from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Los Angeles, California. ... more>>

Circles Around - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Use this exploration problem to discover the relation between circumference and diameter. ... more>>

Cubic Changes - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Determine how the volume and surface area of a cube change when the edge length is changed. ... more>>

Driving Decisions - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Help the Downings decide which car rental is the best option for their trip to Denver. ... more>>

Filling the Freezer - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. How many cartons of ice cream can the Math Club fit in their freezer? ... more>>

Frequent Flier Figuring - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use Web resources to help plan the shortest route from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to New Orleans, Louisiana. ... more>>

Frog Farming * - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Farmer Mead build a rectangular pen to hold her frogs. ... more>>

Golden Gate Bridge * - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Find out how much wire was used in the two main cables of the Golden Gate Bridge. ... more>>

Good Fences - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Design a fence that will keep the animals happy. ... more>>

Horsin' Around - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How long does it take Zachary to complete his journey on horseback and on foot? ... more>>

I Like to Palindrive! - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many palindromic numbers will appear on Kristina's odometer in October, 2003? ... more>>

Inching Along Down the Football Field - Terrel Trotter
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Fred put his football down on a goal line of the 100-yard field. He then moved it forward half the field distance, over and over again. When did the distance first become less than one inch? ... more>>

Jumping Rope - Leon Roland & class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Just how long was the rope with which we started? ... more>>

Meters of Money - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Ms. Juncos's class determine the amount of money they will raise with this metric project. ... more>>

Mini-Mall Measurements - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use given measurements of the stores in the mini-mall to find the area and dimensions of other stores. ... more>>

Mr. W. Goes Across Australia - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Help Mr. W figure out when he needs to start his trip in order to meet Mrs. W on time (requires a bit of map reading). ... more>>

Neighborhood Watch - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Find out how many trips will be made around the neighborhood in this watch program. ... more>>

Nova Scotia Quilt - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Use the area of a rectangular bed quilt to determine its dimensions. ... more>>

Penny Space - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Determine the space needed to store a million pennies. ... more>>

Pumpkin Pride - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Find the mean average diameter of jack-o'-lanterns lined up on planks and also the number of miles the planks would cover if laid end to end. ... more>>

Railroad Crossing - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine how far apart Division Junction and Logarithm Square are, based on the time Emily and Edward Engineer cross paths. ... more>>

Rounding Mountains - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use estimated figures to determine the maximum and minimum differences between the heights of two mountains. ... more>>

Sheila's Shelves - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How much space will Sheila have on her new book shelves? ... more>>

Something Fishy - Basden's 8th Hour MathDogs and Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Find the maximum number of goldfish and koi to go in the fish pond. ... more>>

Special Stars - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate the number of pipe cleaners Leah used to create a Star of David chain. ... more>>

Timber!!! - Lisa and Judy Gardner
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine the lengths of two pieces of a damaged redwood tree. ... more>>

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