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The Metric System International System

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**BASIC UNITS Meter: Liter: Gram:**

a little longer than a yard (about 1.1 yards) Liter: a little larger than a quart (about 1.06 quarts) Gram: a little more than the weight of a paper clip

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**Symbols in Metrics Metric symbols never have periods:**

km, hm, dam, m, dm, cm, mm kl, l, ml kg, g, mg These are SYMBOLS – not abbreviations!

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**Thickness of a fingernail 1 mm A bit more than half a mile 1 km**

Metric length meters Width of a door frame 1 m Width of a finger cm Thickness of a fingernail 1 mm A bit more than half a mile 1 km

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Metric Mass grams A small paperclip g about the mass of a textbook 1kg 1/100th of a small paperclip 1mg

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**Half of a 2 liter soda 1l 500 2l bottles of soda 1kl**

Metric volume liters Half of a 2 liter soda l 500 2l bottles of soda kl 1/5 a teaspoon ml

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1ml = 1cm3 = 1cc

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**Thirty is hot Twenty is nice Ten is chilly Zero is ice**

Metric Temperature Celsius Thirty is hot Twenty is nice Ten is chilly Zero is ice

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Metric Conversions The Magic Metric Box

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k h da d c m

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k h da d c m 8m = _____cm

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k h da m d c 8m = _____cm

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km h da m d c 8m = _____cm

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km hm da m d c 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m d c 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm c 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8. 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8. 80. 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8 80 800. 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8 80 800. 8m = _____cm

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km hm dam m dm cm mm 8 80 800. 8m = 800 cm

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Try these! 48 cm = ____________ mm 3 km = ______________ m 21 l = _______________kl 6.35 g = _____________ mg .7000 l = _____________ ml

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