Prefixes - Math Prefixes milli, centi, deci, deca, hecto and kilo - PDF & EASEL

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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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Are you looking for a way to build the essential math vocabulary to deepen your students' understanding of the number system and the metric system? Powers of Ten Prefixes will help you do just that! This unit includes a full week of engaging activities, games and practice pages to teach students the prefixes kilo, hecto, deca, deci, centi and milli. Perfect for ELLs or for any student who needs to increase their math vocabulary!

This resource includes both a PDF to print AND the EASEL version!

The unit focuses on the Greek and Latin prefixes that make up our number system and the metric system with engaging activities like Would you Rather? Task, Cards, a Word Sort and Beat the Clock! It also includes printable Practice Pages and an assessment! Everything you need for a great week of vocabulary instruction is included!

Your students will be engaged with the math vocabulary and get plenty of practice speaking, reading and writing these key math terms. Along the way, they will deepen their understanding of this math content and how prefixes can change the meaning of root words!

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

You get:

  1. A silly story to provide context for the target words
  2. Sorting Activity (with a bonus challenge!)
  3. Would you Rather? Task Cards
  4. Beat the Clock practice activity
  5. Three Student practice sheets
  6. One student Reference sheet
  7. Assessment
  8. Lesson plans for you
  9. Answer keys for everything!

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

For a blog post that dives more deeply into one of the strategies in this unit, check out!

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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35 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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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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