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by Lauri Betzer
Time frame:
One class period = 50 minutes.
Materials:
One sheet of paper, pencil, and ruler for every two students.
One piece of gum for each student.
One camera.
Objective:
Identify and convert customary units of measurement to metric units of measurement.
Specifically, to convert inches into centimeters. (...and great pictures to have in your yearbook!)
Rationale:
To be able to convert inches to centimeters.
Set:
Parts for Japanese motorcycles are metric. Sometime a customer will ask for a part for an American bike, and the employee must convert to find the closest sized metric part. Suppose a customer needs a 2 inches long and 1/4 inch in diameter. What would the metric equivalents of these dimensions be in centimeters? (Hint: 1 inch = 2.54 cm)
Instruction:
If one inch equals 2.54 cm, what would 2 inches equal?
Show that when you're going from a smaller unit, to a larger unit, we must multiply 2.54 by 2.
Therefore, the part is 5.08 cm long.
Now, as for the 1/4 inch in diameter.
Show that when you're going from a larger unit, to a smaller unit, we must divide 2.54 by 1/4.....or 2.54 (over one) times 4 over 1.
Yes, the answer is 0.635.
Guided Practice:
Do several of these problems with students and check for understanding.
Now for the fun part!!!!
Independent Practice:
Allow at least 30 minutes for some real fun! First, explain to the students that they will be working in pairs, and their work will be on one sheet of paper. Each student must blow at least four bubbles, while their partner takes their ruler, and measures the bubble in inches. The student with the ruler must record the the size of the bubble under their partner's name (in inches), and convert it into centimeters.....showing all work. After the first student has blow their four bubbles, they must switch roles. While you're checking that each student is making the proper conversions, take lots of pictures!!!! You'll be amazed at how big some of these bubbles can get! ....and how they (amazingly) don't get it all over their faces!!! Have each group share with the class what their largest bubble was, and show their conversions on the board. Last, and most important instruction....make sure they spit out their gum, BEFORE leaving your class!!!
....we don't want anyone to get written up for having gum!
Hope you laugh as hard as I did!!!!
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