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Middle School Lesson ~ Mathematics

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Metric System: Integrating the Old and the New

 Synopsis

  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.

 Objectives

1. Students will learn about the metric system, and become experts in either distance, weight, or capacity.
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.

 

 Standards
Danbury Middle School Learning Guides ~ Mathematics: Apply time, measure length, find area and volume:

Connecticut K-12 Mathematics Framework:
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.

Danbury Middle School Learning Guides ~ Information Technology

Connecticut K-12 Framework for Learning Resources and Information Technology

 Process

In the Classroom

  1. Review metric system units: gram, meter, liter, degrees Celsius
  2. Divide into groups of 3-4; assign one metric unit to each group for their study
  3. Introduce the activity, using the worksheet as an organizer
  4. Groups brainstorm/plan where to find examples of their unit in real life (e.g., grams on a cereal box; meters at a track meet)

In the Lab (2 periods)

  1. Each 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 folder.
  2. Students will use the Guinness Book of World Records site to find records for their unit, and record on their worksheet/template.
  3. Students will use a Converter site to convert the units from metric to customary, or customary to metric, and record on their template.

In the Classroom

  1. The group will create a song or rap about their metric unit to help other students remember the unit.
  2. The group will record the song/rap, and save to the group saved folder.

In the Lab (2 periods)

Using templates, each group will make a web site about their metric unit.

In the Classroom

Students will present their web sites to the class.

 Resources

Guinness World Records site
Online Metric Converter from "Science Made Simple"
Tips for Educators for Teaching the Metric System from the U.S. Metric Association

 

 Student Materials
Organizing Sheet for Lesson
Note-taking Sheet for GuinnessWorldRecords Site
Worksheet for Designing Metric Rap


Templates for Web Pages:

Template for Index Page: Web site
Template for Guiness Records page
Template for How The Unit is Used
Template for Try This! page

Examples of Web Pages:

Example of Index Page
Example of Guinness Records page
Example for How Unit is Used

 Evaluation/Rubrics

 

 

Lesson Created by:
Lisa Krayeski, Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury, CT
4/03