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Students discover the metric system through video clips and Internet activities. For this measurements lesson, students practice using the units of measure for the metric system and compare them to the less popular English system. Students 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.
Ninth graders estimate and convert measurements in the metric system. They examine and discuss the base ten system the metric system is based on, and as a class calculate a variety of conversion problems involving distance, time, and between measurements. Students then independently complete a worksheet.
Students identify the most appropriate metric prefix to use. They describe the usefulness of a system based on tens. Students compare the metric system to the American system of measurement. They develop a metric flip book to use a reference. Students define the Metric System.
Students are able to measure various objects using English and metric systems within half of the smallest unit of the measurement device. Students identify units of length, volume, mass and temperature according to International System of Units (SI) within half of the smallest unit of the measurement device. They determine surface area of that object with half of the smallest unit of the measurement device.
Although it was written to use in a science class, this measurement instructional activity is adaptable to Common Core standards in math for measurement and data. Youngsters are introduced to two types of measurement systems. They use both the English and metric systems for measuring volumes of water, and then perform mathematical conversions.
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.
Students compare and convert units of measurement within the United States customary system and within the metric system by baking cookies. Students discuss how to double the cookie recipe, how to make only half of the recipe, and how to convert the recipe from standard to metric units of measurement.