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|Convert between different distance measurement units to answer the word problems below. Highlight the important words and numbers. Remember to write you answer in a full sentence.|
|1. Chase measured a line for his art project. It is 200 millimeters long. How many centimeters is the line?
There are 10 mm in 1 cm. We are converting from a small unit to a larger one so we divide. 200 ÷ 10 = 20 centimeters.
|2. Cheryl is moving to a new house. Her old house is 3 kilometers from her new house. How many meters is the old house from the new house?
There are 1000 m in 1 km. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 3 x 1000 = 3000 meters.
|3. Jessica’s shoebox is 20 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide. How many more millimeters is the length of the shoebox than the width?
Subtract to find the difference in length: 20 cm – 10 cm = 10cm. We need to convert this to millimeters. There are 10 mm in 1 cm. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 10 x 10 = 100 millimeters.
|4. Stan walks 2 kilometers a day. How many meters does he walk in two days?
Multiply to find how many kilometers Stan walks in 2 days: 2 km/ day x 2 days = 4 km. There are 1000 m in 1 km. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 4 x 1000 = 4000 meters.
|5. Carlos has a 1.2 meter long piece of wood. He wants to cut it into 3 equal lengths. How long should each piece be in millimeters?
Convert the full length to millimeters. There are 1000 mm in 1 m. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 1.2 x 1000 = 1200 centimeters. Divide by 3: 1200 mm ÷ 3 = 400 mm.
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The various resources listed below are aligned to the same standard, (4MD02) taken from the CCSM (Common Core Standards For Mathematics) as the Word problems Worksheet shown above.
Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
Converting Metric Units
- Metric Mass Word Problems Worksheet – Converting between mg, g, & kg
- Converting Metric Units of Measurement – Post-assessment (10 questions)
- Word Problems: Decimals Worksheet – with addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division
- Word Problems: Multi-step
- Word Problems: Money With Fractions
- Word Problems: Money – Post-assessment (8 questions)
- Time Word Problems Worksheet – Elapsed time and converting between minutes and hours
Similar to the above listing, the resources below are aligned to related standards in the Common Core For Mathematics that together support the following learning outcome:
Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit
- Calculating Areas – Rectangles (From Worksheet)
- Calculating Areas – Rectangular Shapes (From Worksheet)
- Calculating Surface Areas e.g. of Rectangular Prisms (From Worksheet)
- Differences in Time (1 of 4): On the quarters (e.g. 2:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.) (From Worksheet)
- Differences in Time (2 of 4): 5 minute intervals (e.g. 5:05 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.) (From Worksheet)
- Differences in Time (3 of 4): On the quarters (e.g. 7:15 a.m. and 9:45 p.m.) (From Worksheet)
- Differences in Time (4 of 4):5 minute intervals (e.g. 8:55 a.m. and 12:35 p.m.) (From Worksheet)