I've got a metric matching activity for you to use with your upper elementary or middle school math students!
After measuring with meter sticks and then finding the decimeter measurement of our classroom one day, we then worked on matching metric measurements.
Students were in groups of 2-3 students to complete this math activity.
Metric Matching Activity Steps
1) I gave each group 21 cards (7 sets of 3). Each set of 3 had equivalent measurements, in meter, centimeter, and millimeter form, but the measurements were not labeled with their units.
2) Students set up "Meter," "Centimeter," and "Millimeter," headings on their boards, and then had to determine which measurements to put in which categories, so that the measurements in each column would be equivalent.
For example, they had to place the cards 7, 700, 7,000 under meter, centimeter, and millimeter, respectively. (Example in picture.)
I used several similar numbers, so students couldn't just go by the initial digit to match the numbers:-) Most students did a good job with this, placing the numbers in the appropriate columns.
After the Metric Matching Activity
After I checked each group to be sure they were correct, I instructed students to add a decimeter column and write the equivalent decimeter measurements.
Most students used the poster pictured here to be sure that they place their decimeter column correctly. I believe every group in every class had their decimeter measurements correct....they did a great job figuring this out together!
After having their decimeter measurements checked, students had to make observations of the numbers in each column....
The Metric Matching, which you can download below, has 2 different sets of 21 cards; I used the first page last week and used the second, more challenging page, today.
You can also grab some free metric problem solving in my follow-up post to this one, where I share the 2nd day of the metric matching activity:-)
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