Measurement conversions are sometimes considered to be not the most exciting task. For this reason, I researched some interesting facts to include. As of May 2015, these are all accurate. Hopefully your students will enjoy these facts, and it will spark interesting conversations!
Journal pages are included (2 per page). Directions are also included. A blank page for directions is also available for those who want to include their own directions. Student recording sheets are available. I have included a place for students to show their understanding. At our school, it took students a couple of assignments to get used to this, but they are now very honest about their understanding. We use this information to form groups.
In addition, the cards can easily be used to differentiate. Basic conversions and one-step problems are not what is required by common core, but they may be needed to scaffold for struggling students. (We needed them!) The other tasks are differentiated as well.
Practice Tasks 1–4: Basic conversions only
Task Cards A–D: One-step problems
Task Cards E–I: Either two-step problems or extra unnecessary information is included
Task Cards J–P: Either multi-step problems, problems that require interpreting a remainder, or more than one question to answer
I hope these will be helpful! Please let me know if you have comments, questions, or suggestions!
CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.A.1 – 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.
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