Metric Measurement


Metric Measurement introduces students to this alternative system for measuring volume, length, and weight. This lesson focuses on meters, grams, and liters and explains how to convert them into smaller or larger measurements. Students will learn how to determine what unit of measurement to use for specific objects.

The “Options for Lesson” section offers several suggestions or alternatives you can apply to your lesson. You could have students measure objects inside and outside of the school using the metric system. You could also create a scavenger hunt and have students find objects on a list to measure, such as a book, a table, or a tree.

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What our Metric Measurement lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Metric Measurement teaches students how to use the metric system of measurement. Students will learn the metric measures for distance, weight, and volume. They will discover the patterns that the metric system follows. The metric system centers on factors of 10. This makes it easy to understand and easy to learn. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to convert various measure with ease.

The two content pages in this lesson explain metric measurements for length, mass, and capacity. Students will learn about meters, grams, and liters and their greater and smaller values. They will first discuss distance (length) and learn about meters, millimeters, centimeters, and kilometers. There are several examples of how to convert from one value to another.

Next students will learn about weight (mass). At this point, they will learn that they have to use a different measure depending on the item they want to measure. For instance, if they want to weigh a plastic cup, they would use grams. However, if they wanted to weigh a bag of flour, they would need to use kilograms. Last, students will talk about volume (capacity). They will only discuss liters and milliliters.


Students will work alone for the activity portion. You will walk them through how to make a foldable. You will guide them through the instructions in the classroom procedure section. Students, however, will use the activity worksheet to cut out the three squares. They can also draw their own labels if you want to give them that option.


The practice worksheet requires students to figure out whether a measurement represents length, mass, or capacity. Students will convert the 12 problems using their foldable. They will also need to show their work.


For the homework assignment, students will have to read a short prompt. They will then need to answer four word problems based on the prompt.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.