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Convert Measurements (Grade 5)


Videos and lessons to help Grade 5 students learn to convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.

Common Core: 5.MD.1

Suggested Learning Targets

  • I can convert measurement units.
  • I can solve problems using measurement conversions.

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Common Core for Grade 5

More Lessons for Grade 5

Component Skills from Previous Grades

Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.

Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.

Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two- column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), ...

Convert Customary Units

Measurement Converting Gallons, Quarts, Pints, Cups and ounces using "The Big G"
5th Grade Common Core.

This video has 4 problems on converting cups, gallons, quarts, pints and ounces using "The Big G".

Converting minutes to decimal number of hours
How many hours in 549 minutes?


Convert Metric Units

Converting metric units of measurement.

Converting centimeters to meters.
Convert 37 centimeters to meters.

Ordering metric distances
Arrange the following measurements in order for smallest to largest:
1 decameter, 13 meters, 15,000 millimeters, 1,900 centimeters.

Unit conversion word problems

On Judy's way home from school yesterday, she ran for half the distance. Then she skipped for ¼ of the remaining distance and walked the rest the way home. She walked for total of 360 feet. What is the distance between school and Judy's home? Write the answer in the yards.


Time word problem
Susan has 96 minutes to complete the test at school. The test begins at 1:59 p.m .and Susan has volleyball practice at 4 p.m. How much time will Susan have between the end of the test and the beginning of volleyball practice?

Measurement and units word problem
Mary made 15,000 mL of tea for a party and she served the tea divided equallyin eight pitchers. Her guests drank six pitchers of tea. How much tea did Mary have left over? Write the answer as a whole number of liters and a whole number of milliliters?

5.MD.1 Metric Unit Conversions
Convert among units easily. This video explain the metric unit conversion chart. Because the metric system uses the powers of 10, it is simple to convert by moving the decimal point to the right if your power of ten is in the numerator (positive) or to the left if your power of ten is in the denominator (negative).

Rotate to landscape screen format on a mobile phone or small tablet to use the Mathway widget, a free math problem solver that answers your questions with step-by-step explanations.

You can use the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice Algebra or other math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.


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