**How to Read a Ruler **

**How to Read a Ruler - U.S Customary System**

A ruler is used to measure units of length, inches, feet

and yards.

A standard ruler is 12 inches or 1 foot long. 3

standard rulers measure 1 yard or 36 inches.

A ruler that is 36 inches long is called a yard stick.

Example of a standard ruler

The numbers on the ruler

Each inch on a ruler has marking in between that are

fraction of an inch. Example: the ruler below has marks

starting 1/16 of an inch up to 15/16. Some have 4, 8, 16,

and 32 marks.

This picture represents 1 inch of a ruler.

How to measure with a read a Ruler

To use a ruler, line up one end of an object with o or

the beginning of the ruler.

example

The paper clip is 3/4 of an inch long. 3/4 is the same as 12/16

Example2:

The pencil is about 1 1/2 inch long

Equivalent marking on a ruler

1/8 is the same as 2/16

1/4 is the same as 4/16

3/8 is the same as 6/16

1/2 is the same as 8/16

5/8 is the same as 10/16

3/4 is the same as 12/16

7/8 is the same as 14/16