
Goal:
Students
identify common and uncommon measurements and build conversion
tables.

Grade
Level:
38

Objectives:
 Identify and use correctly various common terms of measurement
 Sort the measurement terms into categories
 Identify some uncommon terms of measurement
 Construct conversion tables for both common and uncommon
terms of measurement.
 Relate measurement to that which is very small and that
which is very large, e.g., atomic particles and astronomical
units.

Subject
Area or Standard:
Measurement

Materials
Needed:
 Internet
access or dictionaries containing measurement tables
 Measurement
tools and instruments
 Paper
and pencil

Websites:
Dictionary
of Measurement
http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimt/dictunit/dictunit.htm
Interactive units converter
http://www.convertme.com/en/
http://mathforum.org/paths/measurement/

Resources:
Some
common and uncommon conversions examples

1 inch = 6 picas = 72 points (printing terms)
1 meter = 3.281 feet
1 furlong = 660 feet
1 league = 3 miles
1 Astronomical Unit (AU) = 149,597,870.691 kilometers

2 stone = 28 pounds
1 pound = 2213 carats
1 gram = 0.03215 ounces
1 long ton = 1016 kilograms
1 dram = 0.1371 ounces

1 liter = 1.057 quarts
1 barrel = 42 gallons (petroleum)
1 bushel = 32 quarts (dry)
1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
1 urn = 2.964 gallons

1 kph = 0.6214 mph
1 knot (sea mile per hour) = 1.852 kph
1 century = 876600 hours
1 kelvin = 457.9 degrees Fahrenheit
1 exabyte = 1074000000 gigabytes

Procedures:
1.Students
use dictionaries and web sites to research various terms
for measurement.
2. Students classify terms into their uses, i.e., measure
distance, weight, temperature, etc.
3. Students classify terms into functional or vocations
uses, i.e., pharmacists, cooks, computer scientists, astronomers.
4. Students construct table of unusual conversions and measurements.

Alternatives:
Some interactive measurement conversion games by AAA Math.
http://www.aaamath.com/mea.html

