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Metric Measurement

Metric Measurement

Author: Jason Fritz

MN Science Standard Students will be able to determine and use appropriate safe procedures, tools, measurements, graphs and mathematical analyses to describe and investigate natural and designed systems in a physical science context.

MN Science Standard Students will demonstrate the conversion of units within the metric system and estimate the magnitude of common objects and quantities using metric units. 

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Scientific Measrures - The Metric System

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Notes: Metric Measurement

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Metric Mesures Predictions and Study Guide

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The Metric Film

Vintage film about measurement and the metric system

The Story of King Henry

A fictional tale of how the metric system was created.

The Metric System Song For Kids: A Metric System Music Video

Millimeters, Centimeters, Meters, and Kilometers. Learn all the prefixes to pair with the base units.


Links to Metric Measurement Tutorials

Follow these links to our flip teaching tutorials:

Finding Distance:

Finding Mass:

Finding Volume

Metric Measurement Conversions:

3 m’s: Matter, Metrics and Measurement Pathway Directions

Do the following concepts from the 3 m’s: Matter, Metrics and Measurement Pathway as directed on the Cornell sheet.

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Scientific Measures - Example Grid

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Great Miscalculations

"Great Miscalculations" discovery activity.
Students will rotate around the room to read about different "Great Miscalculations" throughout history. Students will then comment about what went wrong and what they would do better if they were there.

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NASA Measuring Failure

A brief history of one of NASA's more embarrassing mistakes and the poor choices that led to it. This is what happens when everybody isn't using the same tools.

Metric Grid

The highlighted measurements are the most common ones we use for length, width, and volume.

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Meters, Liters and Grams Music Video

Source: Christoeffer John Estrada


Boost your measuring skills by designing your own BAMZOOki race track. Game on!
You will need to measure the different objects and type their measurements into the computer.

Metric System Conversions and Metric Mania

The Metric System is based on the number 10 making conversion easy. Each time you move the decimal left or right in the units, you will move the decimal point left or right one place in the number you are converting.

How Big Can a Person Get?

Source: Vsauce

Metric Conversion Rap - by The Metric Crew (SD)

Measuring and Estimating Stuff in Metric

Section 1: Review Metric Base Units and Prefixes
Section 2: Converting Metric Units
Section 3: Estimating Metric Measurements
Section 4: Measuring and Converting with Metric Units
Section 5: Choosing the Best Metric Units

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Lab: Mass Excursions and Conversions

DIRECTIONS: Estimate the mass of the following objects. Afterwards use the Triple Beam Balance as demonstrated, find the mass of the following objects. Final step is to find the actual mass using the electronic scale to see how close your measurements were.

Directions: Now convert the mass of your object using the steps.

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Unit Conversion & Significant Figures: Crash Course Chemistry #2

A unit is the frequently arbitrary designation we have given to something to convey a definite magnitude of a physical quantity and every quantity can be expressed in terms of the seven base units that are contained in the international system of units. Hank thinks this is a thrilling subject, and while you may not agree, it is a subject that is very important if you want to be a scientist and communicate with accuracy and precision with other scientists. So listen up and learn something or Hank might have to kill you! (NOT REALLY!)

Source: Crash Course

How to Find Volume and Flow Chart Directions

Volume is the amount of space an object takes up or…
Volume is the amount of material a container can hold
Example: this bottle can hold 1 Liter of H2O


Students are to find 3 different SHAPED containers that hold the SAME volume.

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Finding Volumes #1 Labsheet and picture of lab bin.

Can I Find the volume of a regular shaped solid, irregular shaped solid, and a liquid accurately?

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Metric Review - Triple Beam Balance

Part of Metric Review Packet

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Metric Review - Volume of a Reg. Shape Solid

Part of the Metric Measurements Review Packet

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Metric Review - Volume by Water Displacement

Part of the Metric Review Packet

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Safari Montage Videos

Students sign into Safari Montage by using the same user name and password they would on the school's computers.

Bill Nye: Measurement

Bill Nye the Science Guy explores tools of measurement, from telescopes and microscopes to radar, scales and thermometers, in this episode of the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel series, featuring an interactive question-and-answer format and hands-on activities. In this episode, Bill explores how measurement tools are used to compare stuff in the universe and make observations about everything from the smallest atom to the largest galaxy.

21 min 42 sec.

Cyberchase: Liquid Volume: Cool It

Cyberchase, an award-winning animated series from PBS, chronicles the adventures of three extraordinary kids, collectively called the CyberSquad. With the help of Dr. Marbles and Digit, Motherboard's faithful aides, the kids must save the Internet from Hacker's evil plans using logic and mathematics instead of weapons and dramatics to defeat any obstacles in their way! In this episode, students explore the relationship between volume and dimension--and the importance of a standard unit of measurement. Determined to destroy Motherboard in any way possible, Hacker cleverly clogs up her cooling system. Digit brings the kids into cyberspace to help to help fix her, but the special coolant Motherboard needs, cryoxide, is found only in Castleblanca, and supply is closely monitored! To bring back exactly enough cryoxide for Motherboard, the kids have to figure out the exact volume of Motherboard's tank. In the process, they discover the importance of a standard unit of measure and fill a most unusual container with the precious cryoxide.

28 min 52 sec

Scale Models and Ratios

This program describes the use of scale models and drawings and demonstrates how to use a scale model or drawing to calculate a measurement in an actual object using a proportion. A map with a known scale is used to calculate the distance from Kennedy Space Center to Washington, D.C. A scale model of the space shuttle is used to calculate the dimensions of the actual space shuttle. Part of the Real World series. 

6 min 35 sec.

U.S. Standard System of Measurement v. Decimal System

This program describes the development of systems of weights and measures. In ancient Egypt, people used body parts to measure lengths. Scientists were unable to share and compare results until units of measurement were standardized. In the United States standard system, it is difficult to convert between different units. Scientists prefer the metric system because it is easy to convert between different units by multiplying by ten. 

5 min 31 sec.

Measurement: Solids, Circles & Standard Units

Journey through real-life situations where students are faced with the problems that involve estimating, converting and calculating with customary and metric measurements. Explore the world of solids and polyhedrons like the pyramids and prisms, and learn how to identify and use nets and formulas to measure surface areas of three-dimensional shapes of all sizes. Discover strategies to measure the volumes of rectangular prisms. Learn about pi, and see how the circle can be measured by using the relationship between its diameter, radius and circumference. Extending your knowledge of basic measurements to more complicated figures and conversions has never been easier!

22 min 33 sec.

Measure It
How do you weigh a whale? How does your speedometer work? Examine the five most common areas of measurement in our everyday lives: Distance, time, speed, weight and temperature. Visit the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to find out where common measurements come from and how standards for those measurements are set. Go inside Stanley Tools and see how they guarantee every measuring tape gives the right distance every time. Learn why a $5 kid's watch is more accurate than a $10,000 luxury brand.
44 min 5 sec.


Source: Safari Montage