Need a Unit Conversion activity? These 10 puzzles have children figuring out liquid equivalences (gallons to quarts), metric equivalences (cm to m), and US conversions such as inches to feet.
It really is a simple goal!
Memorize liquid, metric, and linear equivalences.
But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of numbers and a lot of units to focus on. Sooooo we are doing a lot of unit conversion activities.
We started off creating a gallon man to help us remember liquid equivalents.
Then we have had lots of fun playing games to drive those facts home a little more.
And today, we will be putting together some puzzles to see if we really are memorizing these important facts.
Prep Work –
With just a little cutting, you will have your unit conversion activity up and ready to go.
- First, print off the puzzles on card stock paper.
- Next, cut out and laminate.
- Finally, place them in an expandable file folder to keep them safe until it is time to use them.
C-Line 13-Pocket Poly Expanding File, 10 x 5 Inches, Junior Size for Receipts and Checks, Includes Tabs, 1 File, Color May Vary (58710)Neenah Astrobrights Premium Color Card Stock, 65 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, Stardust White
Types of Puzzles
The first set of puzzles focus on liquid equivalences. There are actually five of these. One has a gallon at the top, and the children have to figure out all the measurements that equal a gallon. But there are also puzzles that have quarts, pints, etc at the top so children can focus on what equals a pint.
There are two puzzles for US conversions. One has children finding equivalences for 1 mile and the other for 1 yard.
And then we move into metric conversions. There is a puzzle for kilometers and one for kilograms.
Directions For Unit Conversion Activity –
So the directions are pretty simple……have children put the puzzles back together with measurements that equal each other.
But there are so many ways you can have children do this.
- First, and probably easiest would be to place them in a center and let the kiddos figure out how to put them together.
- Give each student in your class a piece of the puzzle and have them find the other classmates that will allow them to put their puzzle together.
- Another option involves a little tape and a lot of teamwork. Simply tape a puzzle piece to the backs of students. The students then have to direct each other to the group they belong in.
- For a final option, make enough copies for each group in your classroom to have a set. The students can compete to see who can get all of them put together the quickest.
I hope you and your student enjoy these unit conversion activities!
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