Help your students learn to convert customary measurements by using tic-tac-toe boards. This is a pack of measurement conversion "helpers" or "work mats" that students can use to help them set up their problems. Hopefully what students learn from using these organizers will carry over to when they have to organize things on their own, such as during state testing time.
These organizers can help reinforce the following standards:
4.MD.A.1: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table.
5.MD.A.1: Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system
These organizers help with several things. They help students look to see what two measurements they are converting. They then help students organize the conversions on a tic-tac-toe board. They also help students look to determine the rule for the conversion using what they already know, such as 1 feet = 12 inches, the rule is to multiply by 12. The organizers then help students apply that same rule to the conversion they are trying to figure out.
On each measurement conversion organizer helper, the basic unit conversions are included for customary length, customary capacity, and customary weight. They are at the top of each page.
On each organizer, you will also find the little poem "Horse to fly.. multiply. Fly to Horse...Divide, of Course!" This will help students double check their rule of whether or not to multiply or divide.
There are several different templates to use. For example, one template starts with tic-tac-toe boards drawn for them, as well as a space to write the measurements they are converting. Another template requires students to draw the tic-tac-toe boards. You can use the variety of templates over and over however you would like.
I have also included a sample discussion you could have with students when introducing the example problem that is listed on one of the templates.
Your students will also enjoy this customary measurement conversion game:
■ Converting Customary Measurements
Please, if you have any questions about the templates, just send me a message through my Q and A and I will gladly respond. I want you to be happy with your purchase, so if you are unsure about anything, please do ask ahead of time. I really appreciate it, and I thank you for that. :-)