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The Metric System is more than memorization. Help your students construct a solid
understanding of the metric system and how to work within it. Don't cut corners--
spend the time to fully address all aspects, linear, volume (solid, liquid and irregularly
shaped solids) and mass.

The History of Measurement

Begin with the external image arrow-10x10.png Point on the History of Measurement or the book Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz. There are accompanying lesson plans by AIMS -- I cannot put them on the Wiki however, if you did not get them from the workshop, email me and I will get them to you.







TRANSITION FROM OLD TO THE NEW WITH THIS MATH-SCIENCE LAB ACTIVITY: THE HANDSPAN LAB



METRIC SYSTEM INTRODUCTION

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff, is a nice way to introduce the metric system. There are accompanying lesson plans by AIMS -- I cannot put them on the Wiki however, if you did not get them from the workshop, email me and I will get them to you. I have also created a few additional questions to go with the book.

METRIC ARTICLE WITH QUESTIONS: How the metric system was created.



Make the metric system real by giving students everyday objects to compare each unit of the metric linear system. You can also have your students fill in the chart, as their notes.


MORE METRIC SYSTEM BASICS


LINEAR MEASUREMENT


VOLUME

Transition from linear measurement to volume using your metric cubes (math manipulative) and the liter cube. Follow with liquid measurement using the graduated cylinders. The notes for volume continue with the previous "What Does the Metric System Look Like" PPT.
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VOLUME LAB ACTIVITIES

Use the graduated cylinders as well as the ruler (Length X Width X Height). There is no substitution for experience. Your students need practice reading graduated cylinders especially.


MASS

The notes for mass continue with the previous "What Does the Metric System Look Like" PPT. The following notes and foldables add a large amount of information also.
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Measuring Mass: Using the Triple Beam Balance



DENSITY

Density is a comparison of the amount of volume and the amount of mass in a given object or substance.





The Density Cube Lab Activity uses a set of materials in cubes. Students find the volume and mass of each cube, as well as document the qualitative observations of each, to determine what the object is made of. If you want to do this lab but do not have the cubes, let me know and you are welcome to borrow mine.




More Density Demonstrations: Students love these different activities!

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