Lesson 14 Problems about Fractional Measurement Data

    • Let’s solve problems involving measurement data on line plots.

Warm-up Notice and Wonder: Shoe Sizes

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

US youth shoe size

insole length in inches

image of shoe size chart, 7 insole lengths. smallest insole length, 7 and 5 eighths.

Activity 1 Shoe Lengths

Problem 1

Image of two students' shoes.

Students in a fourth-grade class collected data on their shoe sizes and lengths. They plotted the shoe lengths on a line plot.

The line plot is missing the shoe lengths of six students:

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Dot plot titled Fourth-grade Shoe Lengths from 7 to 10 by 1’s. Hash marks by eighths. Horizontal axis, length, in inches. Beginning at 7 and 6 eighths, the number of X’s above each eighth increment is 1, 0, 3, 1, 3, 0, 5, 3, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1.

Problem 2

Use the completed line plot to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the largest shoe length?

  2. What is the smallest shoe length?

  3. What is the difference between the largest and smallest shoe lengths? Explain or show your reasoning.

Problem 3

The student who recorded 9 inches for her shoe length made a mistake when reading the shoe chart. Her actual shoe length is inches shorter.

  1. What’s her shoe length?

  2. Plot her corrected data point on the line plot.

Activity 2 Larger Shoes, Anyone?

Problem 1

Ten students recorded their shoe lengths in third grade and then again in fourth grade.

They found how much their feet have grown over a year and organized the data in a table and on a line plot.


 change in shoe length (inches)







change in shoe length (inches)






  1. The line plot shows only seven points. Whose information is missing? Add the three missing points to the line plot.

    Dot plot titled, How Much Have Our Feet Grown? from 0 to 2 by 1’s. Hash marks by eighths. Horizontal axis, change in shoe length, in inches. Beginning at 4 eighths, the number of X’s above each eighth increment is 1, 0, 2, 1, 1, 0, 2.
  2. If Han’s shoe length now is inches, what was his shoe length in third grade?

  3. If Priya’s shoe length was inches last year, what’s her shoe length this year?

Problem 2

Tyler made a calculation error. What he recorded,  inches, was inches off from the actual change in shoe length.

  1. What could be the actual change in his shoe length? Explain or show your reasoning.

  2. How does his error affect the line plot? Explain your reasoning.