Measuring Length

We will discuss about measuring length. Suppose children are running a race of 100 meter (m). Sam is measuring the height of the wall in meters. The length is measured in meters.  A meter is too long to be drawn here. Small lengths are measured in centimeters. Ron is measuring the width of his book in centimeters.

100 centimeters equal 1 meter


1 meter equal 100 centimeters

We write centimeter in short form as ‘cm’ and meter as ‘m’. So we can write in short as;

100 (cm) equal 1 (m)


1 (m) equal 100 (cm)


The following are three kinds of meter scales generally used by everyone.

(i) A meter rod which is made of iron or wood is used by cloth merchants for measuring cloth.

(ii) A meter scale is used by masons or carpenters.

(iii) A meter scale is used by tailors.

Extra questions for sharp students on measuring length!

1. Write meter or centimeter in the blank space:

(i) My pencil is 10 ____________ long.

(ii) My height is 90 ____________.

(iii) Our classroom is 5 ____________ long.

(iv) This tree is 3 ____________ high.

(v) My hair pin is 3 ____________ long.

2. Measure the following length is centimeters:


Students need to use the ruler or scales to measure the length.

3. Measure the following:

     AB is ____ centimeters long.

     EF is ____ centimeters long.

     MN is ____ centimeters long.

     XY is ____ centimeters long.

4. A train is 150 meters long and the platform at the station is 285 meters long. How far does the train travel in crossing the platform?

5. A cloth is sold at $7 a meter. Find the price of 65 meters of the same cloth?

2nd Grade Math Practice

From Measuring Length to HOME PAGE

Didn't find what you were looking for? Or want to know more information about Math Only Math. Use this Google Search to find what you need.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below. Ask a Question or Answer a Question.