Unit 7

Exploring Measurement with Multiplication

Grade 4




Unit 7 focuses on multiplication and measurement as students solve multi-step word problems involving metric and customary measures.Students will focus their learning on understanding the relationship between units within one system of measurement.Emphasis will be placed on solving word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money.Students will apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.

Louisiana Student Standards for Mathematics (LSSM)



Measurement and Data: Supporting Cluster



Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.






Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including ft, in, km, m, cm; kg, g; lb., oz.; l, ml; hr., min, sec.Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. (Conversions are limited to one-step conversions.)Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table.For example, know that 1 ft. is 12 times as long as 1 in.Express length of a 4 ft. snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), Ö.






Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving whole numbers and/or simple fractions (addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators and multiplying a fraction times a fraction or a whole number), and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.





Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.




Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison and represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 x 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7, and 7 times as many as




Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and/or equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison (Example: 6 times as many vs. 6 more than)




Solve multi-step word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.Example: Twenty-five people are going to the movies. Four people fit in each car. How many cars are needed to get all 25 people to the theater at the same time?


Enduring Understandings:


  • To measure something means you determine how many units are needed to have the same amount as the object.

         Measurement can be used to solve problems.

  • There can be different strategies to solve a problem, but some are more effective and efficient than others are.

         Two shapes can have the same area but different perimeters. Two shapes can have the same perimeter but different areas.

Essential Questions:


  • Why do we measure?
  • Why do we need standardized units of measurement?
  • How do I decide what strategy will work best in a given problem situation?
  • How does explaining my process help me to understand a problemís solution better?
  • How can measurement be used to solve problems?
  • What is the difference between perimeter and area?