Metric on the Move


Be prepared! Design your own metric conversion chart to keep in your binder for quick reference.


1. The metric system is a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter for length and the kilogram for weight. Metric is used in all industrialized countries except the United States, where it is being adopted voluntarily. Make this handy resource tool for your math and science projects.

2. Design your chart. Fold oaktag lengthwise to form a flap. Leave a margin on the left side. Punch holes in the margin so the folder fits in your binder. With Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks, design and color the cover using geometric shapes, stripes, or a fun pattern.

3. Compile your conversions. Write out, or type and print, conversions for length, area, and volume. Use correct abbreviations and spellings. Cut out sections and glue them in place with a Crayola Glue Stick. Decorate your reference pages.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Students with special needs may require assistance to select the information needed.
  • Make reference cards for many subject areas such as times tables, linking verbs, standard measurement facts, or the periodic table of elements.
  • Create a similar folder for class schedules. Decorate it with personal interests or school colors.
  • Assessment: Cross-check reference sheets for accuracy.

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils
household supplies
  • white paper
  • hole punch
  • oak tag or poster board



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Math
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students learn that the metric system is a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter for length, the kilogram for weight, and the liter for volume.

  • Students research how to convert from imperial units of measure to the metric system by using mathematical calculations.

  • Students identify the symbols used for metric measurement such as m for meter.

  • Students produce a reference card displaying metric measurements, symbols, and conversions.


Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards