School Lesson ~ MathematicsMetric
System: Integrating the Old and the New
Time Frame: 6-7 days, including Presentations
Students learn about the
metric system in a series of activities that are meaningful to
their own lives. After initial review of in the basics of the
metric system, students divide into small groups, each group specializing
in either distance, capacity, or weight. The final group project
is a small web site designed to educate other students about the
metric system, which will include an Introduction, Examples of
the Units in Daily Life, a song/rhyme/rap to help students remember
concepts about the metric unit, and a page describing Guinness
World Records in customary and metric units. The web sites will
be combined to make a class web site on the metric system.
1. Students will learn about
the metric system, and become experts in either distance, weight,
2. Students will use online resources to learn about the metric
system and make arithmetic conversions.
3. Students will work cooperatively to produce a song, rap, or
rhyme about the metric system, and record it for insertion into
a multimedia project.
4. Students will develop skills in useing a scanner and a digital
camera, to produce images that can be used in multimedia presentations.
5. Students will work cooperatively to produce a group web site.
6. Students will teach others about their unit of expertise in
the metric system.
School Learning Guides ~ Mathematics: Apply time, measure length, find area
- Initial Understanding: Measure or determine perimeter
and area, volume
- Developing an Interpretation: Identify appropriate customary
or metric units of measure for a given situation.
- Making Connections: Solve problems involving the
conversion of units of measures
Connecticut K-12 Mathematics
Content Standard 5: Measurement: Students will make and use measurements
in both customary and metric units to approximate, measure and
compute length, area, volume, mass, temperature, angle and time.
- Students will estimate,
make and use measurements to describe and compare phenomena,
and explore the structure and use of systems of measurement,
inclouding convertin units within systems;
- Students will select
and use appropriate measurement units and tools to make measurements
to the degree of accuracy required by the situation
Danbury Middle School
Learning Guides ~ Information Technology
Connecticut K-12 Framework
for Learning Resources and Information Technology
- Content Standard 3:
Information Strategies: select and use appropriate resources
and/or equipment to accomplish a given task
- Content Standard 5:
Application: Select media from a variety of resources to create
a multimedia presentation
metric system units: gram, meter, liter, degrees Celsius
into groups of 3-4; assign one metric unit to each group for
the activity, using the worksheet as an organizer
brainstorm/plan where to find examples of their unit in real
life (e.g., grams on a cereal box; meters at a track meet)
the Lab (2
student will find, draw, or photograph 8 examples of how the
unit is used in real life, and save the images in his/her Documents
- Students will use the
Guinness Book of World Records site to find records for their
unit, and record on their worksheet/template.
- Students will use a
Converter site to convert the units from metric to customary,
or customary to metric, and record on their template.
group will create a song or rap about their metric unit to help
other students remember the unit.
group will record the song/rap, and save to the group saved folder.
the Lab (2
templates, each group will make a web site about their metric
will present their web sites to the class.
Guinness World Records site
Metric Converter from "Science Made Simple"
Educators for Teaching the Metric System from the U.S. Metric
Note-taking Sheet for GuinnessWorldRecords
Worksheet for Designing Metric Rap
Templates for Web Pages:
for Index Page: Web site
for Guiness Records page
for How The Unit is Used
Template for Try This! page
Examples of Web Pages:
of Index Page
of Guinness Records page
for How Unit is Used
Lisa Krayeski, Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury, CT