Customary and Metric Unit Conversions

Created ByMrs Kayla Welch
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• Standards

This product includes:

• Conversion charts for Customary and Metric Length, Weight, and Capacity
• Real-world object sorts for Customary and Metric Weight and Capacity
• Discovery lesson for Customary and Metric Length
• Lesson outline

This product focuses on being able to visualize standard customary and metric units. This is a three-day lesson that allows students to discover what everyday objects fit into each measurement category as well as giving the students the unit conversion charts through song and on paper.

The fact of the matter is that unit conversions are a VERY hard concept for 4th/5th graders. While there are many reasons this subject is so hard for students to understand, one issue I have found in my years of teaching 5th grade is that the students just donâ€™t know what these units are. They donâ€™t have enough life experience to visualize what these units actually mean. Therefore, over the years I have moved away from drilling facts into their heads and moved towards trying to get them to be able to conceptualize the units. I give them the unit conversions, but my focus is more on what a unit looks like.

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
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. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36),...
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23 pages