Prefix Puzzles - Powers of Ten Prefixes milli, centi, deci, deca, hecto and kilo

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4th - 6th
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  1. Are you looking for an engaging unit that will teach your students about the Greek and Latin prefixes that connect to our metric system and number system? This bundle includes a easy-to-use lesson plans and an assessment. The unit includes a full week of engaging activities, games and practice pag
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Do you need an engaging activity to help your students practice the prefixes kilo, hecto, deca, deci, centi and milli? These puzzles make a great center, intervention activity or morning work, and will engage students in building words using those key prefixes! Along the way, they will build understanding of the number system and the metric system. Perfect for ELLs or for any student who needs to increase their math vocabulary!

The activity focuses on the Greek and Latin prefixes that make up our number system and the metric system with an engaging puzzle activity. Your students will have fun with this math vocabulary, deepen their understanding of the number system and build confidence with using prefixes to built new words!

Each puzzle includes three pieces: a prefix, a root word and a definition. There is an Answer Key that you can provide to help students check their answers and make these completely independent!

Students practice the following prefixes: milli, centi, deci, deca, hecto and kilo.

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  1. Suggestions for Use
  2. 20 Prefix Puzzles for Students to practice with 20 different terms
  3. Answer Key

Everything you need to teach milli, centi, deci, deca, hecto and kilo is included - just print, teach, and enjoy!

For a blog post, featuring a fun way to use this resource in your classroom, visit!

For a complete, week-long unit that teaches these same prefixes, check out Powers of Ten Prefix Unit.

For a unit that focuses on Greek and Latin Number prefixes like uni, mono, tri and penta, check out this unit:

Prefix Power - Teach Greek and Latin Number Prefixes!


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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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),...
Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
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.
Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.


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