5th Grade, Activity 280: Convert Like Measurement Units Within a Given Measurement System

Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system, and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real-world problems (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m; 9 ft to 108 in).

Measurement Sort

  • Group: Three
  • Materials: Measurement Sort cards, Measurement Sort sheet

Give each student a Measurement Sort sheet and give each group a set of the Measurement Sort cards. Have students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a stack. Give the following instructions one at a time, giving students time to complete each directive:

  • Place the Customary and Metric header cards at the top of the work area.
  • Take turns drawing a card, one at a time. Place the card beneath the correct header card to identify the appropriate system of measurement.
  • After all cards have been placed under a header, have students write the metric and customary¬†units¬†on the Measurement Sort sheet in greatest to least order under the appropriate category.
  • Informally quiz students on the units of measure in each system.

Have students tell what is common about the metric measures. [the prefixes; milli-, kilo-, etc.]

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