Metric Conversion

Author: Greta
Lesson Plan:


8th Grade, October 27, 2009
Aim:  How will the utilization of a mnemonics devise assist in converting specific units of the metric system ranging from Kilo’s to millimeters?
Instructional Objective: At the completion of the lesson, the students will demonstrate their ability to convert various components of the metric system from one unit to another.
New YorkState Standards:   5a; 5b; 5c
Motivation:  Emphasize to students on the simplicity of utilizing a mnemonics device to effectively and efficiently convert values in the metric system.
Materials: Materials to be utilized will include the following: Smartboard, notebooks, chalkboard, Word document, Excel Spreadsheet
  1. Homework assignments discussed.
  2. Do Now - students will be given a list of units to convert larger to smaller and smaller to larger units.
  3. Students will “check” their answers by writing their response on the Smart board and then checking their answer with the “magic slate”.
  4. The students will take turns in going to the Smart Board to determine which unit of metric length to utilize with each given picture.
  5. The class will then take turns in picking various capacities/measurements to convert utilization memorization skills on the Smart board. They will verbally say the answer and the “pop” the balloon to check.
  6. Brief overview of ELA checklist for their comparative essay will be presented for their utilization.
  7. Overview of an Excel Spreadsheet they may utilize for their Historical Timeline
  8. Students will then determine what they will work on for the remainder of the period. Choice include: creating flashcards for Math; ELA comparative essay; Historical Timeline.
Due to the significantly small class size, assessment can be obtained by directly reviewing work as it is being completed.
                  Reiterate to students the effectiveness of utilizing a mnemonics device whenever practical. Also reiterate to students how the utilization of a “checklist” for their ELA essay will assist in preventing any “gaps” in their writing or any mistakes they may have previously overlooked.