Videos, worksheets, stories and songs to help Grade 6 students learn how to measure, estimate and convert customary units of length.

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Measurement Worksheets

12 inches = 1 foot

36 inches = 1 yard

3 feet = 1 yard

5,280 feet = 1 mile

1,760 yards = 1 miles

Learn to estimate and measure length in customary units

Choose the unit that you would use to measure the length of a fork.

Appropriate Customary Units for Estimating Length

Learn to estimate lengths using appropriate customary units

What unit of measure provides the best estimate?

a) Length of pencil

b) Height of a flagpole

c) The distance from New York City to Boston

d) Length of a football field

Estimate and Measure Length in Customary Units

Learn to estimate and measure length in customary units

Measure the length of a pen to the nearest quarter inch

Customary Units of Length - Arithmetic Operations

Learn to operate with customary units of length

a) Add 12 yards and 5 miles

b) 375 mi/25 gal

Convert Customary Units of Length

Learn how to convert units of length in inches, feet and yards.

Converting units of length

Jamir is training for a race and is running laps around a field. If the distance around the field is 300 yards, how many complete laps would he need to do to run at least 2 miles?

Standard System Rap

Lyrics

"Standard System"

Chorus

It's the standard system

Manipulating measurements, take 'em, twist 'em (×3)

It's the standard system, no doubt, for sure

Units of conversion no less no more

Verse I

If 12 inches make a foot and 3 feet make a yard

How many inches in a yard? (Man that's kinda hard.)

Nope it's not really it's just 12 × 3

36 inches: one yard exactly

1760 yards in a mile

Trust me, no need to count 'cause that could take a while

A mile is 5280 feet, that's right

We're talking length with strength over the beat

Chorus

Verse II

If 2 cups make a pint and 2 pints make a quart

How many cups in a quart? (That would be 4.)

If 4 quarts make a gallon and 4 cups are in a quart

How many cups in a gallon? (Man that's a challenge!)

Maybe so, but it's just 4 × 4

16 cups in a gallon for sure

That's 8 pints, no less no more

4 quarts, one gallon, let's settle the score

Chorus

Verse III

So there's 16 ounces in a pound

And 2000 pounds in a ton

Now imagine a 10-pound cat on the ground

Who loves to lounge in the sun

What is the weight of the cat in ounces? (That's tough!)

Maybe but that's the way the ball bounces.

16 ounces multiplied by 10 pounds

(160 ounces, how does that sound?)

You look confused, you just need more practice

To keep all your math skills sharp like a cactus

Here's another one, you're almost done

A 4000 pound car is how many tons?

4000 pounds is 2 tons exactly

(That's a heavy car, is it a truck or a taxi?)

2 tons is right, you're really coming along

Learn the standard system by learning this song

Chorus

Verse IV

Now, suppose you've got an area of 1 square foot

How many square inches would you have in that area?

Calm down, no need to cause mass hysteria

I didn't know that units of conversion were scarin' ya

(1 square foot is a 1 × 1 square.)

Now transfer that to inches and do it with care

(12 inches squared is 144.)

That's 1 square foot no less no more

Bridge

Try to visualize what the problem is asking

That's a math skill for life, long and everlasting

Paint a picture with your mind, create a visual image

And memorize this song from the start to the finish

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