Lesson Plan

Metric Conversions Conversations

Challenge students to convert measurements between their metric counterparts! Students will relate the measurements to real-world objects. Use this lesson as support for the Converting Metric Measurements in Word Problems lesson.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Converting Metric Measurement in Word Problems lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Converting Metric Measurement in Word Problems lesson plan.



Students will be able to convert between metric units.


Students will be able to discuss conversions between metric units using a graphic organizer and peer conversations.


(5 minutes)
Metric Units Place Value Chart (Meters)Decimal Place Value ChartFormative Assessment: Peer Explanations ChecklistVocabulary Cards: Metric Conversions ConversationsGlossary: Metric Conversions ConversationsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Display the visuals for the vocabulary cards meter, centimeter, kilometer, and millimeter using a document camera with the words separated from the image and the definition hidden. There should be eight pieces all together. Additionally, you can have some real-life objects, such as a ruler, meter stick, or a metric clock.
  • Ask students to look at the picture from the vocabulary card and think about which word matches with the picture. Have students work on this with partners and allow them to come to the document camera to move the pieces around if necessary.
  • Conduct a whole-group discussion about the picture-word pairings. Gather background information about students' understanding of the terms, visuals, and matchings of the picture with the name.
  • After a few minutes of debate, correct misconceptions and provide the meanings of the key terms from the vocabulary cards.
  • Tell students that today they will convert between metric units for measuring length, like the few you defined.

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