Explains to
students that learning the metric system can be tricky but that a
handy dandy reference tool can make memorizing and converting
metric operations quite a bit easier. Explain to the that the whole
class will get to make a metric tablet which has all of the metric
labels and conversion so they can refer to it as they do their
homework throughout the year. The teacher then pulls up a metric
conversion problem on the smart board. The class reads it together
and determines the action that needs to be taken to solve the
problem. For example, what is the given unit of measurement and
what measurement is required to solve the problem? Ask the class
to share and hierarchies that they remember from the metric ladder.
Writes the labels the students know on the board, in the order
given, then gets out the example metric tablet to show how to use
it. Shows the initial letters on the front of the tablet and the
full written labels on the back. Also point out how the circle
indentation on the side of the tablet reminds the users that that
is the location were each basic unit measurement is at its whole
number value. Also explain review how moving up one hierarchy will
move the decimal of a numeral to the left, making the number
smaller and moving down will move the decimal to the right, making
the number larger.
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Then the
teacher asks the kids if they would like to do some art? They all
say YYYEEESSS! The teacher then does a complete demonstration of
the process of making the metric tablet. Begin by showing how to
mix a ball of clay until it has a pliable

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