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The Common Core Standards encourage students to solve real-world problems using a variety of tools that measure distance, time, temperature, speed, and many other characteristics of the world around us. This month, sharpen basic math skills with Common Core aligned resources from the Thinkfinity Content Partners.

These featured resources address Math and Engineering, two key STEM areas, by focusing on:

  • Solving problems involving measurement concepts
  • Applying engineering principles and practices


Start with these collections of related K-12 resources from three Thinkfinity Content Partners:


Then use the tabs below to locate more lessons and interactives designed to help students achieve these Common Core goals.


  • Solve problems involving measurement
  • Apply engineering  principles

Solve Problems Involving Measurement

How many Steps?

Illuminations | Lesson | PreK-2
Using non-standard units to measure distances, students record their data in a bar graph and use information from the graph to make comparisons.

How Will Future Astronoauts Travel to Outer Space?

Wonderopolis | Video and Activities | K-5
Students learn about various ways that astronauts have traveled to outer space in the past and consider how we will explore the depths of space in the future.

Math + Reading = Fun!

ReadWriteThink | Podcast | K-5
Emily shares picture books that will have young mathematicians measuring, estimating, and figuring fractions all while reading!

Bag the Beans

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 3-5
Help students see numerical relationships and how to solve complex problems by manipulating objects and solving equations.

Bridging Literature and Mathematics by Visualizing Mathematical Concepts

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 3-5
During interactive read-aloud sessions, students identify how an author conveys mathematical information about an animal's size and abilities. They then conduct research projects focusing on the same mathematical concepts.

Jumping Jack Math

Illuminations | Lesson | 3-5
After recording how many jumping jacks they can do in ten seconds, students apply their knowledge of time conversions to figure out how many jumping jacks they could complete in other time frames from a minute to a year.

Slush Rush

Slush Rush Interactive

Science NetLinks | Lesson and Interactive | 3-8
This lesson introduces students to how computer models can help people make decisions or learn about real-world events. In the interactive game, students use the computer model to predict and test how to satisfy their thirsty customers.

Gravity Launch

Gravity Launch App

Science NetLinks | Lesson and Interactive | 3-12
By experimenting with different thrust and angle settings and considering the force of gravity, students attempt to virtually launch a rocket into space and achieve specific target goals.

Tower of Hanoi

Science NetLinks | Tool | 3-12
This tool features a problem-solving activity in which students must transfer blocks of different sizes from one tower to another.

Travel in the Solar System

Illuminations | Lesson | 6-8
Students improve their concepts of time and distance as they consider the amount of time required to complete space travel within the solar system and think about events that might occur on Earth while the space travelers are on their journey.

Apply Engineering Principles

How Does an Engine Work?

Wonderopolis | Video and Activities | PreK-5
How can a potato cannon teach us about a car engine? Check out the video and then explore the Wonder of the Day as we go under the hood to find out what happens when you put the pedal to the metal.

Engineering Solutions

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 3-5
Students explore the side effects of technology by designing, implementing, and evaluating solutions related to the problem of waste disposal.

Egypt's Pyramids: Monuments with a Message

EDSITEment | Lesson | 3-5
In this lesson, students consider the pyramids as artifacts, record and examine the scale of these great structures, and learn what clues the pyramids give us about the ancient Egyptians.

Make a Mission

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 6-8
Students design and plan the technology needed for a successful mission to space, considering the costs and dimensions of the spacecraft.

Stonehenge Engineering

Science NetLinks | Podcast and Lesson | 6-12
A new hypothesis explains how prehistoric people transported the huge slabs of rock to create Stonehenge.

Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 7-10
Students research engineering careers and create poetry to understand the vocabulary of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

300 Spartans: The Bridge Over the Hellespont

EDSITEment | Interactive | 9-12
In this interactive, students research the Hellespont, ancient and present, then recreate the work of Xerxes's Phoenician and Egyptian engineers in building the famous dual bridge.


Science NetLinks | Video and Resources | 9-12
In this episode of Material Marvels, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez discusses how a layer of carbon one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives.


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