Converting Centimeters to Meters

Get your students comfortable discussing their math thinking in converting centimeters to meters. This lesson may be used on its own or as support to the lesson Converting Metric Measurements to Decimals & Fractions.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Converting Metric Measurements to Decimals & Fractions lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Converting Metric Measurements to Decimals & Fractions lesson plan.

Objectives

Students will be able to convert decimals to fractions in denominations of 10 or 100.

Language

Students will be able to explain the process of metric conversions using discussion supports such as sentence stems and peer interactions.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
• Lead students in a brief braindump on the term "metric system." Write the term in the middle of a piece of chart paper.
• Tell students to talk to a partner in their home language (L1) or in English (L2) about their background knowledge related to the "metric system." Encourage students to share anything they know about it.
• Call on a few students to share key points from their discussion. Jot down keywords from their sharing onto the chart paper, in the space surrounding the word in the middle. Draw lines connecting the concepts to each other. Note: it is acceptable for students to have limited background knowledge at this point.
• Leave the chart paper up to use at the end of the lesson.

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