Access Point #: MAFS.4.MD.1.AP.1a (Archived Access Point)

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Within a system of measurement, identify the number of smaller units in the next larger unit.


Essential Understandings


  • Match a representation in a smaller unit to a representation in a larger unit.
  • Separate a larger unit into smaller units.
  • Understand the following concepts and vocabulary related to length, mass, weight, and time.
  • Identify which vocabulary term represents the smaller unit and which vocabulary term represents the larger unit.

Number: MAFS.4.MD.1.AP.1a Category: Access Points
Date Adopted or Revised: 06/14 Cluster: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. (Supporting Cluster)

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Related Standards

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MAFS.4.MD.1.1: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including 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. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the 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), ...

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Related Resources

Element Cards

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4th Grade Math Element Cards:

Element Cards are available to assist in planning for instruction. They are designed to promote understanding of how students move toward the academic standards. Element Cards contain one or more access points, essential understandings, suggested instructional strategies and suggested supports.

Teaching Idea

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Curriculum Resource Guide: Measurement and Geometry:

Complete Unit

Unit/Lesson Sequence

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Elementary Measurement Universal Design for Learning Unit:

Universal Design for Learning Units are based on general education lessons that are designed for all students and walk the educator through the process of adapting materials and providing accommodations that assist emerging readers and communicators in the classroom. Each unit is made up of several lessons and a culminating activity, all of which provide examples of for meeting the unique needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities.