**Metric System**

What kind of chart are you looking for? Something that converts metric to US measurements? something that shows how big a centimeter is compared to a meter? Or you're not sure enough yet to know what you need?angelsoup wrote:We are in 2A and have hit the metric system (Day 36 TBp 52-54 WBp 67. Length: Measuring Length in Meters).

I need some kind of handy little cheat sheet. What did you do? Any and all suggestions welcome.

I know for a lot of the volume things, I just use a Pyrex Measuring cup since it has both US and metric.

I use a ruler that has mm and cm on one side and inches and fractions of inches on the other.

I don't have a meter stick. I just used our yard stick and added on 3 inches. I know.... it is not an exact conversion. But my kid is in 2A and we are not measuring for precision accuracy. Just trying to learn the units and about how big they are. And I did mention to my dd that there are 100 cm in 1 meter. That seemed to be all we needed for the lessons we are on.

Yesterday, we did day 37. Here's what I did. It was just too abstract for her to decide whether or not someone could be 4 cm or 4 meters taller than someone else (and similar problems). Pictures didn't help because it is not drawn to scale or drawn to real measurements. So, we went outside and did approximate measurements with our adapted yardstick and measuring string. I drew a line 4 cm long. And then we went running across the our yard to show that 4 meters is very long compared to 4 cm. (and don't even remind me about Mr. Wu being 165 meters tall.... we stopped counting) So... anyway.... it was a very active learning time for that concept. I'm still not sure she really got it just yet. But it was fun enough to do it again and the weather is beautiful.

-crystal