What would a three-inch pencil look like?? You can find out when you use this virtual inch ruler. Simply draw a pencil and find out! Or, measure your own drawings of flowers, insects, mice, and more!
To use the ruler, simply click and drag the arrow on the right side of the ruler. You can measure to the half-inch, quarter-inch, eighth-inch, or sixteenth-inch by using the buttons in the upper-left corner. As you drag the arrow, the measurement will show above the ruler. Toggle this feature on or off with the “Inch ON/OFF” button. Simplify fractions or have them show unsimplified by tapping the “Simplify fractions ON/OFF” button. Draw and erase objects to measure with the pencil and eraser buttons.
Students at all grade levels can learn with the virtual inch ruler. Advanced students can practice measuring to the nearest sixteenth and simplifying fractions. Younger students can measure to the nearest half-inch. Here are some activities to try with the inch ruler:
- Ask students to draw a worm, insect, or snake starting at the left side of the ruler. Then, have students measure how long their animal is.
- Ask students to measure objects they draw exactly and round to the nearest half-inch and quarter-inch using the ruler functions.
- Have students toggle the “Inch ON/OFF” button to check their work. First, have them turn it off. Then, ask students to draw an object to measure. Then, ask them to write down their answers. Finally, ask students to toggle the function ON so they can check their work.
Would you like more practice measuring? Try this game. Or, try out the centimeter ruler.
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