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Metric on the Move

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

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    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. Invite students to make a handy resource tool for math and science projects.
    2. Invite students to design their charts. 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® Erasable Colored Pencils or Color Sticks, design and color the cover using geometric shapes, stripes, or a fun pattern. Erase sections to fill in designs in a contrasting color.
    3. Students compile a list of 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 reference pages.
    4. Ask students to write a journal entry focused on how the metric chart can assist them with their learning.
  • Standards

    LA: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace

    MATH: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz; Natural Wonders of the World: Converting Distance Measurements to Metric Units by Kerri O'Donnell

    In 1670, Gabriel Mouton of France, originated the metric system. Who was he? How did he develop this system of measurement?

    Working in small groups, students compose word problems involving metric conversions. Use blank index cards to write the word problems and illustrate each, time permitting. Swap word problem cards with another group and solve their problems while they solve yours!


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