Last week, my classes were learning how to convert measurements within the customary system. I told them the story of when I was in the third or fourth grade, the big commotion was about wanting to change our customary system of measurement into metric. Oh how much easier life would be right? Instead, they determined it to be way to expensive to change over, thus leaving us to continue on with the customary system and its weird, odd numbers and different units.
I know that most teachers teach conversions by telling their students that if you’re changing from a smaller unit to a bigger unit, you divide. If you change from a larger unit to a smaller unit, you multiply. I teach my students to multiply by the conversion rate. I feel like teaching them this way prepares them for converting all sorts of units. Here is an example of how I teach it……
I usually have my students do the “Gallon Man” for capacity. This year, I decided that we would just use the “gallon man” approach without actually drawing the person. In the frame of the capacity side of this freebie, I had them draw the big G and all of its components. We also drew a “c” and wrote “8 fl oz” inside of the “c.” Here is a picture of it……..
No matter how you teach it, you should find these freebies very useful!
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Here is a link to one of the activities we did for customary units. It is one of my Panda Pirate Find activities. Students love it because they get up out of their seats and mingle with friends. I love it because they end up working about 25-30 questions without being “forced” to do them. The picture is of my students doing the activity. Click here or on the picture below to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to get this activity for only $2.50!
I got the super cute frames that are on the freebies from my friend Krysta Wallden from Creative Clips! Click her button below to go to her Teachers Pay Teachers store! She’s got a ton of great digital clip art!