An engaging rap song for teaching the metric system to students. Includes fun worksheets and multiple versions of the song to assist with scaffolding.
This song teaches the metric system of measurement including the measurement conversion of centimeters to meters to kilometers, as well as liters to milileters and grams to kilograms. It also references everyday items such as a soda bottle, mile, rice, and a paperclip to increase understanding. The teaching materials including worksheets, activities and games, are resources for teachers and homeschool parents to create lesson plans for the song topic. Students will understand the metric system of measure and how to convert larger or smaller units.
This math song is suitable for teaching the metric system to elementary school (4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade), middle school, high school, and home school students as well as beginning level college classes.
Meters, liters, and grams
Now you don’t have to cram for your exam
On the metric system
Let me start with ways you can measure a distance, length, or height
Mad tall or super small, one of these will do you right
If you try walking a meter, it’s easy to complete
Because a meter’s just a little bit more than 3 feet
But if you’re walking a kilometer it’s gonna take a while
It’s 1000 meters, that’s over half a mile!
A centimeter’s dinky, the width of your pinky
100 of them go into a meter, you still with me?
There’s another kind of meter smaller than that
It’s not very fat, it’s called a millimeter in fact, and it’s tiny
1000 of them in a meter fit
That’s 10 in a centimeter, and that’s it!
Now we’re moving on to the liters, measuring liquids in containers
We’ve only got 2, it won’t take long to explain this
A liter, it’s half a big bottle of soda pop
And a milliliter, it’s just about 20 drops
There’s 1000 milliliters in a liter you know
So if you got both of those you’re good to go
Now we can move on to the grams, measuring weight
Kilograms, milligrams, yeah we’re keeping them straight
It’s pretty simple. A paper clip weighs about a gram
A big textbook is a kilogram, man, but
A milligram, that’s a little harder to slice
Because 10 milligrams is about a grain of rice
1000 milligrams, is a gram
1000 grams in a kilogram
Now we got grams and we also got liters
Put ‘em all together with the meters
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The Science Spot
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Columbia Education Center
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