Comparing Metric Units of Measurement

What are metric units of measurement? Viewers learn about the metric system in the first installment of an 11-part Math In Science video series. After reviewing the need for units, viewers learn about different units for length.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video with learners who are struggling with metric units of measurement
  • Provide a meter stick so class members can see the relationship between meters, centimeters, and millimeters
Classroom Considerations

  • Video provides an introductory overview of the metric system; resource gives more specific information in the next few videos
  • Focuses on units smaller than meters (such as centimeters, millimeters, micrometers, and nanometers), but does not cover units larger than meters (such as kilometers)

  • Video provides examples of objects at each order of magnitude

  • Video indicates that kilograms is a unit of weight, which is incorrect