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Metric Rules

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will collect data by measuring different linear objects and develop a strategy to determine the conversion factors required to convert from one linear measurement to another.

Before the Activity

  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print pages 105 - 113 from the attached PDF file for your class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to your class.

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Measure and record the lengths and widths of a desk, chalkboard and textbook in feet and inches, meters and centimeters
  • Determine the conversion factor for the English system (inches and feet)
  • Determine the linear conversion factors in the metric system
  • Use the factors to convert from one unit to the other
  • After the Activity

    Students will complete the Data Collection and Analysis Sheet and answer questions listed in it.

    Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary