Lesson Plan: Converting between Metric and Time Units

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to convert between metric units of length, mass, and capacity.


Students will be able to

  • convert between units of length, including millimeters, centimeters, meters, and kilometers,
  • convert between units of mass, including milligrams, grams, and kilograms,
  • convert between units of capacity, including milliliters and liters,
  • convert between different units of time,
  • solve problems in contexts where converting between metric units is required, such as ordering quantities or calculations with different units.


Students should already be familiar with

  • converting between a smaller unit of measure and a larger unit of measure,
  • using decimal notation of up to three decimal places,
  • multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, and 1,000,
  • inequalities.


Students will not cover

  • the metric units decimeters, centigrams, decigrams, deciliters, centiliters, and kiloliters,
  • converting between metric and imperial units,
  • converting between area and volume,
  • converting between capacity and volume.

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