Lesson Plan

Converting Metric Units

With the use of small groups and 1:1 iPads, students will work with metric units.
Jayme L.
Classroom teacher
Twin Ridge Elementary School
Bellevue, NE
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

1 Hook/ Attention getter: We have already been talking about metric units, and what would be the best way to measure certain objects. If I have a big pitcher of water. Ask the question: How can I tell how many milliliters are in this pitcher of water?

Have students watch conversion of liters to milliliters.  Work as a class to convert the pitcher to milliliters.  Then attempt the dropper from milliliters to liters. 

Student Instructions

Have students watch conversion of liters to milliliters.  Work as a class to convert the pitcher to milliliters.  Then attempt the dropper from milliliters to liters. 

2 Direct instruction

Students are separated into groups of 5-7 depending on pretesting for the topic.  Each group uses the resources to explore the topic of conversions of metric units further.

Math facts: Use the app Prodigy.  Complete the assignment on conversion of metric and customary units. 

At your seat: Watch the youtube video made by me. (This is the direct instruction)

Teacher time: Guided practice using Classkick

Hands on: work with paraprofessional or practicum student to place metric bump it. 

 

Student Instructions

Math facts: Use the app Prodigy.  Complete the assignment on conversion of metric and customary units. 

At your seat: Watch the youtube video made by me.

Teacher time: Guided practice using Classkick

Hands on: work with paraprofessional or practicum student to place metric bump it. 

3 Guided practice

ClassKick is an app that teachers to build guided practice activities, and have the students login to view.  Then the teacher has access to all the screens as they work.  Direct corrections and guidance can be provided in real time. 

Math facts: Use the app Prodigy.  Complete the assignment on conversion of metric and customary units. 

At your seat: Watch the youtube video made by me.

Teacher time: Guided practice using Classkick 

Hands on: work with paraprofessional or practicum student to place metric bump it. 

Student Instructions

Math facts: Use the app Prodigy.  Complete the assignment on conversion of metric and customary units. 

At your seat: Watch the youtube video made by me.

Teacher time: Guided practice using Classkick

Hands on: work with paraprofessional or practicum student to place metric bump it. 

4 Independent Practice

Prodigy
Free, Paid

Prodigy is an app that has done a great job of gamification of math concepts.  Assignments can be made to whole classes, or specific students. The results of the activity are sent directly to me. 

The bump it game is also independent practice.

Math facts: Use the app Prodigy.  Complete the assignment on conversion of metric and customary units. 

At your seat: Watch the youtube video made by me.

Teacher time: Guided practice using Classkick

Hands on: work with paraprofessional or practicum student to place metric bump it. 

Student Instructions

Math facts: Use the app Prodigy.  Complete the assignment on conversion of metric and customary units. 

At your seat: Watch the youtube video made by me.

Teacher time: Guided practice using Classkick

Hands on: work with paraprofessional or practicum student to place metric bump it. 

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Debating

Discuss the difference between converting metric units and customary units.  Which do the students find less challenging than others. 

Student Instructions

Discuss the difference between converting metric units and customary units.  Which do the students find less challenging than others.