# Lesson 11: Measurement and Units of Measure

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1 LESSON 11: Units of Measure Weekly Focus: U.S. and metric Weekly Skill: conversion and application Lesson Summary: First, students will solve a problem about exercise. In Activity 1, they will practice conversion with the U.S. customary system. In Activity 2, they will practice conversions with the metric system. In Activity 3, they will measure some items with both systems. In Activity 4, they will solve word problems in the book. In Activity 5, they will do an application problem using many skills. There are an exit ticket and extra problem at the end. Estimated time for the lesson is two hours. Materials Needed for Lesson 11: Liquid measurement containers: cup, pint, quart, ½ gallon, gallon Video (length 9:16) from Khan Academy on converting among metric measurements. The video is required for teachers and recommended for students. 3 worksheets (11.1, 11.2 and 11.3) with answers (attached) Metric Conversion Chart: copy and give to students. Measuring tapes or yard/meter sticks Mathematical Reasoning Test Preparation for the 2014 GED Test Workbook (pages 30-33) Exit ticket (attached) Objectives: Students will be able to: Practice converting among customary measurement units Practice converting among metric measurement units Solve problems with metric and customary measurement Apply measurement and proportion skills in solving the application problem ACES Skills Addressed: N, CT, LS CCRS Mathematical Practices Addressed: Model with Math, Mathematical Fluency Levels of Knowing Math Addressed: Concrete, Pictorial, Communication and Abstract Notes: You can add more examples if you feel students need them before they work. Any ideas that concretely relates to their lives make good examples. For more practice as a class, feel free to choose some of the easier problems from the worksheets to do together. The easier problems are not necessarily at the beginning of each worksheet. Also, you may decide to have students complete only part of the worksheets in class and assign the rest as homework or extra practice. The GED Math test is 115 minutes long and includes approximately 46 questions. The questions have a focus on quantitative problem solving (45%) and algebraic problem solving (55%). Students must be able to understand math concepts and apply them to new situations, use logical reasoning to explain their answers, evaluate and further the reasoning of others, represent real world problems algebraically and visually, and manipulate and solve algebraic expressions. This computer-based test includes questions that may be multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, choose from a drop-down menu, or drag-and-drop the response from one place to another. D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

2 The purpose of the GED test is to provide students with the skills necessary to either further their education or be ready for the demands of today s careers. Lesson 11 Warm-up: Solve the exercise problem Time: 10 Minutes Write on the board: Anita and Sasha are starting a new exercise program. Both are using pedometers and want to walk 10,000 steps a day. It took Anita 2,000 steps and Sasha 2,500 steps to walk a mile. Basic Questions: Why did it take Sasha more steps than it did Anita? (She has a shorter stride) 10,000 steps is how many miles for Anita? (10,000/2,000 = 5 miles) 10,000 steps is how many miles for Sasha? (10,000/2,500 = 4 miles) Extension Questions: Sasha has to walk more steps to reach a mile than Anita does. What % more? (500/2,000 = ¼ = 25% more) Sasha burns 234 calories when she walks 3 miles. She would burn 294 calories if she ran the same distance instead of walking. What % more calories would she burn? ( = 60/234=0.256=25.6% more) Lesson 11 Activity 1: U.S. Customary Measurement Time: Minutes 1) Review U.S. customary measurement by having the students put the following in order from least to greatest. Give students time to discuss how to solve. a) Length: 1 1/3 feet, 30 inches, 1 yard, ½ yard, and 20 inches. If students need help, they can convert everything to inches Draw a number line on the board. Write 1 foot, 2 feet, and 3 feet at even intervals. Have the students put the measurements approximately in the correct places. Answer: 1 1/3 feet (16 in.), ½ yard (18 in), 20 in., 30 in., 1 yard (36 in.) b) Liquid Capacity: 10 oz., ½ quart, ¾ pint, 1 cup, ¼ gallon Answer: 1 cup (8 oz.), 10 oz., ¾ pint (12 oz.), ½ quart (=1 pint= 16 oz.), ¼ gallon (=1 quart=32oz) 2) Do worksheet 11.1 on liquid measurement conversions. D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

3 Lesson 11 Activity 2: Metric Measurement Time: Minutes 1) Every measurement in the metric system is based on 10. To find an equivalent measurement, you multiply or divide by 10, 100, or Once you memorize the prefixes, it is easy to make conversions: Milli- means Centi- means Deca- means 10 Hecto- means 100 Kilo- means 1,000 Deci- means ) When converting from a lesser unit to a greater unit, divide by 10, 100, or Why? Because we need fewer of the greater unit. For example, 55 cm =? meters. Since there are 100 cm in 1 m, we divide 55/100= 0.55 m. So 55 cm is a bit more than half a meter. 3) When converting from a greater unit to a lesser unit, we multiply. For example, 33 grams =? mg? Since gram is the base weight, we multiply 33 x 1000 = 33,000 mg. 4) If there are several conversion steps to do because you are converting from a very large unit to a very small unit (or vice-versa), it is a good idea to convert to the base unit first and then from the base unit to the small unit. For example, #13 on the worksheet below: kg to mg. First, convert from kg to base unit of g: 56.01kg 1 x 1000g 1kg (cancel the kg like you would in fractions). Then continue with 56,010g 1 56,010,000 mg. = 56,010 g x 1000mg 1g = 5) There is a chart of the units of measure included in this lesson. 6) Practice converting units with Worksheet Do a few together. D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

4 Worksheet 11.1 Liquid Measurement Conversion Practice Fill in the blank to make each conversion true. A One trick to remember the American Capacity conversions is to remember the numbers: These correspond to the measurement units needed for the next higher measurement unit (see the example to the right). 8 Ounces = 1 Cup 2 Cups = 1 Pint 2 Pints = 1 Quart 4 Quarts = 1 Gallon ) 16 ounces = 2 cups 2) 72 ounces = 9 cups 3) 5 cups = 40 ounces 4) 10 cups = 80 ounces 5) 6 cups = 48 ounces 6) 16 cups = 8 pints 7) 6 cups = 3 pints 8) 9 pints = 18 cups 9) 5 pints = 10 cups 10) 6 pints = 12 cups 11) 16 pints = 8 quarts 12) 10 pints = 5 quarts 13) 6 quarts = 12 pints 14) 9 quarts = 18 pints 15) 10 quarts = 20 pints 16) 40 quarts = 10 gallons 17) 24 quarts = 6 gallons 18) 4 gallons = 16 quarts D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

5 Worksheet 11.1 Liquid Measurement Answers 1) 16 ounces = 2 cups 2) 72 ounces = 9 cups 3) 5 cups = 40 ounces 4) 10 cups = 80 ounces 5) 6 cups = 48 ounces 6) 16 cups = 8 pints 7) 6 cups = 3 pints 8) 9 pints = 18 cups 9) 5 pints = 10 cups 10) 6 pints = 12 cups 11) 16 pints = 8 quarts 12) 10 pints = 5 quarts 13) 6 quarts = 12 pints 14) 9 quarts = 18 pints 15) 10 quarts = 20 pints 16) 40 quarts = 10 gallons 17) 24 quarts = 6 gallons 18) 4 gallons = 16 quarts D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

6 Worksheet 11.2 Converting Between Metric Units D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

7 Worksheet 11.2 Converting between Metric Units Answers D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

8 Metric Conversion Chart Into Metric Out of Metric If you know Multiply by To Get If you know Multiply by To Get Length Length inches 2.54 centimeters millimeters 0.04 inches foot 30 centimeters centimeters 0.4 inches yards 0.91 meters meters 3.3 feet miles 1.6 kilometers kilometers 0.62 miles Area Area sq. inches 6.5 sq. centimeters sq. centimeters 0.16 sq. inches sq. feet 0.09 sq. meters sq. meters 1.2 sq. yards sq. yards 0.8 sq. meters sq. kilometers 0.4 sq. miles sq. miles 2.6 sq. kilometers hectares 2.47 acres Mass (Weight) Mass (Weight) ounces 28 grams grams ounces pounds 0.45 kilograms kilograms 2.2 pounds short ton 0.9 metric ton metric tons 1.1 short tons Volume Volume teaspoons 5 milliliters milliliters 0.03 fluid ounces tablespoons 15 milliliters liters 2.1 pints fluid ounces 30 milliliters liters 1.06 quarts cups 0.24 liters liters 0.26 gallons pints 0.47 liters cubic meters 35 cubic feet quarts 0.95 liters cubic meters 1.3 cubic yards gallons 3.8 liters cubic feet 0.03 cubic meters cubic yards 0.76 cubic meters Temperature Temperature Fahrenheit Subtract 32, then multiply by 5/9ths to get Celsius Celsius Multiply by 9/5ths, then add 32 to get Fahrenheit D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

9 Lesson 11 Activity 3: Comparing U.S. to Metric Time: 15 Minutes 1) It is a good idea to understand some of the basic equivalents between the U.S. customary system and the metric system. Some measures that are good to know are: One inch = 2.54 cm (so about 2 and a half cm per inch) 1 mile = 1.6 km (so 1 km = 0.6 mile, a little over half a mile) 1 pound = 0.45 kg (so about half a kilo) 2) Measure a few familiar items with the U.S. customary system and then the metric system, but estimate first. If you cannot actually measure something, convert your U.S. estimate to metric by guessing first and them actually calculating it. Item Estimate U.S. Actual U.S. Estimate Metric Actual Metric Pencil Length of paper Perimeter of cell phone Weight of water bottle Weight of backpack Distance to your house 3) For more practice with estimating metric measurements, do worksheet Lesson 11 Activity 4: Word Problems Time: 20 Minutes Do the word problems from the workbook pages Circulate to help. Have students volunteer to do any of the more challenging problems on the board. D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

11 Lesson 11 Exit Ticket Time: 5 Minutes Write on board match the equivalent measurements: (C, A, D, B) grams grams 3. 2 grams milligrams A. 0.2 kg B kg C. 2 kg D kg Lesson 11 Extra Problem Time: 5 Minutes Write on the board: The White family has four children that weigh 22 lbs., 45 lbs., 78 lbs. and 120 lbs. Basic Questions: How many pounds total do all of the children weigh? (265 lbs.) If they all increase in weight by 15% over the next year as they grow, how much will each child weigh? (22x 1.15=25.3 lbs., lbs., 89.7 lbs., 138 lbs.) Challenge Question: How much does each child weigh in kg currently? (22 x =9.97kg, 20.41kg, 35.38kg, 54.43kg) D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

12 Worksheet Lesson 11.3 Estimating Metric Length Determine which choice best answers each question. 1) Which choice best represents the length of a dvd? A. 10 millimeters B. 10 meters C. 10 kilometers D. 10 centimeters 2) Which choice best represents the height of a stove? A. 1 centimeter B. 1 kilometer C. 1 meter D. 1 millimeter 3) Which choice best represents the length of a bug? A. 25 centimeters B. 25 millimeters C. 25 meters D. 25 kilometers Answ ) Which choice best represents the height of a new pencil? A. 18 kilometers B. 18 centimeters C. 18 meters D. 18 millimeters 5) Which choice best represents the length of a river? A. 24 meters B. 24 centimeters C. 24 millimeters D. 24 kilometers 6) Which choice best represents the height of a ferris wheel? A. 25 meters B. 25 kilometers C. 25 centimeters D. 25 millimeters ) Which choice best represents the width of a piece of bread? A. 10 kilometers B. 10 meters C. 10 centimeters D. 10 millimeters 8) Which choice best represents the height of a can of soda? A. 10 centimeters B. 10 millimeters C. 10 meters D. 10 kilometers 9) Which choice best represents the length of a loaf of bread? A. 31 kilometers B. 31 centimeters C. 31 millimeters D. 31 meters ) Which choice best represents the height of a cooking pot? A. 25 kilometers B. 25 millimeters C. 25 centimeters D. 25 meters 11) Which choice best represents the length of a clothes iron? A. 18 millimeters B. 18 centimeters C. 18 meters D. 18 kilometers 12) Which choice best represents the height of a piece of popcorn? A. 25 meters B. 25 millimeters C. 25 kilometers D. 25 centimeters D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

13 Worksheet Lesson 11.3 Estimating Metric Length Answers 1. D 2. C 3. B 4. B 5. D 6. A 7. C 8. A 9. B 10. C 11. B 12. B D. Legault, Minnesota Literacy Council,

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