Length - Metric System

The metric system was developed during the French Revolution. Thomas Jefferson promoted it in the United States, but the system was not legalized until 1866. In 1902 Congress voted to require the United States Government to use the only the Metric System. The vote was defeated by one vote.

The metric system is much easier to use than the Customary System, because you do not have to remember different conversions such as 12 inches equal a foot, 3 feet equal a  yard, and so on.  All you have to remember is a list of prefixes that represent powers of 10.

 Prefix milli centi deci meter deka hecto kilo Abbreviation m c d m d k h k Example milliliter centimeter decimeter meter dekameter hectometer kilometer Multiplier 0.001 0.01 0.1 1 10 100 1000

The hardest thing is to get the feel of units the Metric System uses. How big is a centimeter? a meter? and so on? The chart below will help you.

 millimeter - mm centimeter -cm decimeter - dm meter - m kilometer - km 1 centimeter = 10 millimeters 1 decimeter = 10 centimeters 1 meter = 10 decimeters 1 kilometers = 1000 meters The edge of a dime is approximately 1 millimeter. A paperclip is approximately 1 centimeter wide. A crayon is approximately 1 decimeter long. The distance from the floor to the door knob is approximately 1 meter. The length of 6 city blocks is  approximately 1 kilometer long.

Now that you know the basics you can go to practice activity for metric length.

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