Construction Measuring Tools

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised September 2010

Subject:   Technology Education               

Grade:  12

Unit:  Construction Measuring Tools      

Pacing:  36 weeks

Essential Question(s):

  • Do you think ancient buildings could have constructed such marvels as the pyramids or the Great Wall of China without measuring tools?
  • What do you think would happen if a home was built out of level, plumb and square?
  • Why are measuring tools essential in Construction?
  • Why are measuring standards and accuracy in measurement crucial?

Big Idea(s):

  • Measurement is very important in construction
  • Measurement is the universal “language” used in construction communication.
  • How to use rulers, squares, levels, transits, lasers, and plum bobs.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

“Unwrapped Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts (Need to Know)

Skills (Able to Do)




  • Measurement is the universal language and the way that builders and designers communicate.
  • Measurement tools can be mastered by all students.
  • Accuracy is crutial.


  • Explain why builders need to measure accurately.
  • Demonstrate how to use tapes and other measuring tools.
  • Explain why a construction worker needs to measure accurately.






 Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

  •  Measuring tools
  • Floor section
  • Wall section
  • Roof section