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- Allie W., Student teacher
- East Stroudsburg, PA
Metric System Teacher Resources
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Do your learners know that there are different systems to measure length, volume, and weight? Explain metric measuring and its base ten decimal system using this comprehensive set of worksheets! For all three types of measurement, learners first read a page explaining various units of measurement, covering abbreviations, values, and conversions to standard U.S. units. Then, they practice by answering questions, matching names to abbreviations, and mastering the prefix meanings.
In a cross-curricular measurement and literacy lesson, your class will identify and compare cooking measurement instruments. They read a recipe and sequence a set of similar instructions in which the steps have been mixed up. Additionally, they practice measurement conversion and ratio while solving a word problem that asks the students to use only a tablespoon to estimate their measurements while following a cookie recipe.
Young mathematicians review what a ruler is and what it can be used for. The class then practices counting by 10s. They learn that the metric system is based on 10s and that a new kind of ruler called the PopCubes can help them measure accurately using tens. PopCubes rulers are required for this lesson.
Have you ever considered why the number 10 is so important to us? That's what learners do here. They explore patterns formed by powers of ten and by decimals, convert units of measure within the metric system, and express these in the appropriate form. Play money is also used to explore denominations up to 1,000. The video mentioned is not included, but there are many other engaging activities detailed. A written log and reflection piece helps to cement knowledge.
Sixth and seventh graders construct a "metric machine" as a kinesthetic aide in converting from one unit to another in grams, liters, or meters. They complete a metric activity on the Internet and view about five minutes of a video on the metric system. Pupils build on their previous understanding of multiplying and i by powers of ten.
Middle schoolers discover the metric system through video clips and Internet activities. In this measurements lesson plan, students practice using the units of measure for the metric system and compare them to the less popular English system. Middle schoolers participate in an activity in which they measure each other's smiles using metric units to discover who has the longest smile in class.
Ninth graders estimate and measure a variety of dimensions using the metric system of measurement. They define key vocabulary terms, and with the teacher examine the basic base ten system of the metric system. Students then compare similar measurements in the metric system, and solve problems involving weight, length, capacity, temperature, and area.