Measurement conversions do not need to be impossible for your child this year. Below are two approaches I used to successfully teach measurement conversions; Function tables or drawing models, the second is a Scavenger Hunt for Lengths.

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First, tell a story: Steven has made two gallons of apple cider. He wants to bottle it in quart containers. How many quart containers will he need to buy?

Step 1 give your child a function table or conversion chart to fill out with quarts in one column and pints in another.

1 quart is equal to 2 pints

Function is x2, for example: 1 quart = 2 pints, 2 quarts = 4 pints and so on.

Step 3, have your child draw an image to represent the story sentence.Step 2 is to write down what they're trying to find from the story. How many quart containers will Steven need to buy? 2 gallons=________quarts.

(1 Gallon = QQQQ) + (1 Gallon= QQQQ) = 2 Gallons or QQQQQQQQQ

Measurement conversion between the U.S. and metric systems are often confusing. Teach the following conversions:

1 inch = 25.4 millimeters

1 foot = 3.5 decimeters

1 yard = 0.914 meter

1 mile = 1.6 kilometers

After your child can recall these conversions, have him or her measure objects and distances around the house. For example, the length of his bed might be 6 feet. Have your child convert this into inches, then millimeters and decimeters. These calculations can be complicated, it's okay for your child to use a calculator; the main idea is make sure that he is familiar with converting the units.

Scavenger Hunt for Lengths

Equipment for measuring length: rulers, yardsticks, tape measures, and a chart. also measuring miles in a car will help, so as you are driving to the school, store grandma’s house have your child keep track of the miles.

Give your child a chart with at least one empty column. The empty columns are for them to record what they found that was an inch, a foot, a yard or a mile or to convert measurement. Or simply make a list on a blank sheet of paper and have them write in what they found that equaled that measurement.

1 inch

1 foot

1 foot

12 inches

1 yard

3 feet

1 meter

1 meter (m)

3.280839895 feet

1 mile

5280 ft

1 mile

1.609344 kilometers

The basic measurement conversions for the U.S. system that you can teach your child are:

· 1 foot = 12 inches

· 1 yard = 3 feet = 36 inches

· 1 mile = 63,360 inches = 5,280 feet = 1,760 yards

In the metric system, the meter is the basic unit of length. Here are some basic metric conversions:

· 10 meters = 1 decameter

· 100 meters = 1 hectometer

· 1000 meters = 1 kilometer

· 1/10 of a meter = 1 decimeter

· 1/100 of a meter = 1 centimeter (cm)

· 1/1000 of a meter = 1 millimeter (mm)

R.R.Cratty

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