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Metric System Conversions Song | Elementary Grades
Numberock's Metric System Song showcases real life examples of the most common units of metric length. Learn about metric conversions such as a millimeter is about the length of a grain of sand, a staple from side to side is about a centimeter, and so much more!
Metric System Song Lyrics:
A millimeter you can understand,
Is about as long as a grain of sand.
When you buy food at lunchtime,
It's about the thickness of a dime.
A staple from side to side
Is about a centimeter wide.
A fingernail on a girl or guy
Is about a centimeter high.
10 Millimeters = 1 Centimeter
100 Centimeters = 1 Meter
1000 Meters = 1 Kilometer
And it's the same for grams and liters.
A schoolbus' diameter
Is about 1 meter.
And a meter is about as far,
As the length of a guitar.
10 soccer (football) fields in a row
About a kilometer you'll go.
It's about how far you walk
If you cross 12 city blocks.
Imagine holding a grain of sand
About a Millimeter
Or a marble in your hand
About a Centimeter
A door handle from the floor
About a Meter
A 10-minute walk on the shore
About a Kilometer
If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned telling time lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 4.MD.1, and 5.MD.1 . These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.