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Explore metric units of measure by comparing centimeters and meters

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5
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Big Ideas: Metric measurements can be compared by their relative values. The lesson builds on students' work with measuring using standard units. This task presents students with a scavenger hunt in the classroom to find items that are about 1 centimeter cube or 100 centimeter cubes long. Students create a meter stick to help them with their hunt. Afterwards these tools are related to units on standard measurement tools: rulers and meter sticks. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build toward students' future work with the number line and finding sums and differences within 100. Vocabulary: about, longer, shorter, measure, standards units, units, metric, tools, ruler, meter, centimeter, ruler, meter stick, measuring tape, estimate Special Materials: Centimeter cubes centimeter grid paper Ruler Meter stick Measuring tape tape scissors
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