Measurements In The Metric System

Christine Fair Farragut Career Academy
2345 South Christiana
Chicago, Il. 60623


Given teacher guidance the third grade students should be able to:
1. Estimate, then measure to the nearest inch.
2. Estimate, then measure to the nearest centimeter.


A worksheet on unmarked rulers
Meter sticks
Tape measures
Items to be measured


This mini teach is directed toward 3rd grade students who will learn about
centimeters, decimeters, and meters. They will learn a centimeter is smaller
than a meter. It is used to measure small things. They will understand that
another name for 100 centimeters is one meter. One decimeter is equal to ten
centimeters. One meter is equal to 100 centimeters. The student will
understand that each number line marks off one centimeter. The teacher will
emphasize the fact that before reading a ruler, make sure that they measure from
left to right. Students will use the meter stick to demonstrate that 100
centimeters equal 1 meter. The students will measure their hands, feet, the
width of a desk, the height of a textbook and the length of a pencil. They will
walk around the classroom to list items and estimate their length. Then the
students will measure and record the exact length of each object.
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