Reflection: Unit Planning Introduction to Metric and U.S. Customary System - Section 3: Closer


It was definitely shocking to see the results of this pre-assessment.  Less than half of my students did well. 

The students struggled much more with the Metric system than they did the U.S. Customary system.  That I did expect.

I think students really lack a conceptual understanding of measurement.  Students have always done problems in math that ask them to add the total number of inches or find the area in square meters but I am pretty sure those words (inches and meters) mean very little to them. 

Before writing this unit I suspected that this might be the case so that is it why I will be spending a lot of time having students visualize the units of measure.  By creating a solid understanding of these units of measure I will be able to deepen the students understanding of volume which is the upcoming unit for students and highly important to the fifth grade common core standards.

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Introduction to Metric and U.S. Customary System

Unit 2: Measurement
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to explain the history of the two systems of measurement and where the systems are used.

Big Idea: Measure like an Egyptian!

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Math, Measurement, Units and Systems of Measurement, metric system, customary units of measurement
  60 minutes
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