English Linear Measures
12 in. = 1 ft. 36 in. = 1 yd. 3 ft. = 1 yd.
5,280 ft. = 1 mile 1, 760 yds. = 1 mile
Yes, I get it and I have used it and had to memorize some of them too.
Metric Linear Measures
1 meter = 10 decimeters
1 meter = 100 centimeters
1 meter = 1,000 millimeters
Moving along rather smoothly I’d say.
Then he jumped into measures of capacity and I know these because I use liquid and dry measures all the time in the kitchen cooking and baking.
So he had to review these:
2 cups = 1 pint 2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
8 fluid ounces = 1 cup 16 fluid ounces = 1 pint
A piece of cake!
Of course, I didn’t know that 4 pecks = 1 bushel or that 8 quarts = 1 peck, but I am learning.
What about measures of time?
60 seconds = 1 min. 60 min. = 1 hour 24 hours = 1 day 7 days = 1 wk. And so on, this is easy.
10 years = 1 decade 20 years = 1 score of years Of course the century and millennium.
Measures of Weight (Mass) was next.
16 oz. = 1 lb. 2,000 lbs. = 1 ton
(Mass) – grams, decigrams, centigrams, milligrams, decagrams, hectograms, kilograms, oh my!
All is well that ends well!
Once he started converting between the English and metric systems, my head started to spin and I was even more grateful than ever before that his math teacher, Judy Howe, is a math whiz. She couldn’t have made it any easier for Aaron to understand all of this (and for me because she was doing all of the teaching). I don’t know why my mind just didn’t want to grasp the conversion process but all that really mattered was that Aaron was getting it and doing quite well.
Judy drilled daily with flashcards to help them memorize the equivalencies and required that they memorize the most used equivalents.
1 m = 1.09 yd. 1 L = 1.06 qt. 1 g = .04 oz. 1 km = .62 mi. 1 kg = 2.2 lb.
1 yd. = .91 m 1 qt. = .95 L 1 oz. = 28.35 g 1 mi. = 1.61 km 1 lb. = .45 kg
Aaron liked his teacher’s flashcards and the review games she incorporated into the lesson so he decided to create his own flashcards to help memorize the equivalents.
Of course I was more than happy to laminate them for him so that he could keep them for the long haul.
He will be moving on to a unit on finances by mid next week…banking, budgeting, interest, insurances, problem solving strategies, probability here we come!