(Measurement > Measurement Systems > Conversions)
While most students possess the background knowledge of the decimal system, they seem to struggle with the conversion of metric units. Is it the calculation or the concept of liter, meter, and gram that pose a problem for students? The document, Convert Metric Units of Length, Mass, and Capacity, provides students with practice of both the calculation and the concept of converting metric units. This document begins with benchmark objects that students can relate each unit of measure to. Once students learn that a raisin is about 1 gram, they begin to understand the concept of gram.
As students progress through the document they enhance their understanding of base metric units by exploring equivalent measurements as prefixes are added. They then apply basic concepts of operations with decimals to convert various units of measurements. This document concludes with challenging students to convert units as they attempt to compare different metric units.
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