November 10, 2020

Measurement Conversion for 4th and 5th Grade Students


Measurement Conversion for 4th and 5th Grade students

Measurement can be a confusing concept for upper elementary students, especially when it comes to measurement conversion. Whether you are teaching customary measurements, metric conversions, or both, your students will need practice understanding and applying measurement conversions. Having cheat sheets of conversion formulas and patterns can be helpful, but the way my students learn best is through practice! Here are some ways to teach measurement conversion for 4th and 5th grade students.

Use anchor charts.

Eventually, your students may have measurement conversions memorized, but start by having anchor charts with common conversions posted online or in-person for all of your learners to see. These charts will help your students understand conversions for customary and metric units.

Here is an example of an anchor chart I use with my students. I created a customary measurement anchor chart and a metric measurement anchor chart.  Below is smaller version of my Customary Measurement Anchor Chart.
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Make Measurement Conversion Relevant.

You can use anchor charts and cheat sheets all day long, but until you help students connect measurement conversion to real life, it doesn't make a lot of sense! Measurement conversion is one of the most important math concepts for your students to learn. Of course, measurement conversion is used in cooking! Start by having your students convert recipe ingredients from cups to ounces. Another relevant use for measurement conversion is understanding distance. I have a lot of students who love to run! Track and field events are often measured in yards. Have your students convert yards to feet and then miles to see the distance they are running. Measuring short lengths is also important too. Making scale models for class or building things at home is so much easier when students understand how to convert customary and metric lengths.

Practice measurement conversion.

Once students have the formulas and conversion charts available, it's important to practice!  I love to have students practice in a chart form where they can notice the patterns in the numbers.  Many students may be able to see that multiplication is the operation that is used to go from smaller units of measurement to larger units, while division is used to go from larger units of measurement to smaller units of measurement.
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Using measurement conversion worksheets can be awesome practice for your 4th and 5th grade students. The unit I created on TPT comes with everything you need to help your students with customary and metric measurement conversion for 4th and 5th grade students.
It includes the following...
  • A Student Journal Cover to organize into a mini booklet for your students
  • Anchor Chart for Metric and Customary Units of Measurement (2)
  • Mini Anchor Charts (2)
  • Customary Length

  • Feet to Yards Conversion Practice (2)
  • Feet to Miles Conversion Practice (2)
  • Customary Weight

  • Pounds to Ounces (2)
  • Tons to Pounds (2)
  • Customary Capacity

  • Cups to Fluid Ounces (2)
  • Quarts to Gallons (2)
  • Metric Length

  • Kilometers to Meters
  • Metric Mass

  • Kilograms to grams
  • Temperature

  • Fahrenheit to Celsius
  • Customary Length to Metric Length

  • Inches to cm
  • Mixed Review

  • 2 activities
  • Measurement Word Problems

  • 2 different activities (with 1 additional page that is differentiated with multiple choice options for students that need extra support)
  • True and False

  • Cut Sort Glue                                                                                                                                                  

  • I like to pair these worksheets to practice measurement conversion for 4th and 5th grade students along with hands-on, relevant measurement activities in the classroom and at home. Incorporating recipes, track and field activities, and even finding temperatures in different parts of the world are ways to practice measurement conversion. Using resources like these measurement conversion worksheets that focus on customary and metric measurement conversion will help your students understand different types of measurements and their applications in real life. How will you use these measurement conversion resources in your upper elementary math classroom?