- I can solve word problems involving metric and customary conversions.
Last week we immersed ourselves in the metric system. We learned how easy it was to convert between grams and kilograms and liters and milliliters. This week we will focus on the daunting task of converting US customary units. Not only will we look at real world problems that involve customary measurement, but we'll debate over which system of measures is preferred amongst 5th graders. When working with your child remind them, if the conversion is going from big to small... multiply. If the conversion is going from small to big... divide!
Help your child at home
Help your child understand metric and customary conversions by making real-world connections. This is very easy to do within the kitchen or at the grocery store. Here is a list of opportunities to discuss the metric and customary systems with your 5th grader.
- At home or the grocery store, have your 5th grader look at net weight values on food packages. Then ask them to convert the weight to a larger or smaller units.
- Have your 5th grader use a kitchen scale to weigh different objects and convert the mass to larger or smaller units.
- Talk about measuring capacity with ounces, cups, quarts, and gallons. Then use a measuring cup to measure our 1 quart and 1 gallon.