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#1
03-08-2008, 01:20 PM
 hipteachergirl Companion Join Date: Nov 2006 Posts: 114 Oklahoma 4th Grade Teacher
metric conversions pneumonic needed!

Okay, so our kiddos test in 4 weeks and we are trying to brush up on measurement. Our state only requires 5th graders to convert within a system (metric to metric or std to std).

Alot of my kiddos will have a hard time with the metric, I'm sure, b/c it is "weird." I found a little tool on here to help with remembering the order of the prefixes (Kilo, Hect, etc) but I'm not in love with it.

Kings over Humans over Dragons over UNIT over Dogs over Cats over Mice

Does anyone have a good pneumonic to help with this

#2
03-08-2008, 01:22 PM
 hipteachergirl Companion Join Date: Nov 2006 Posts: 114 Oklahoma 4th Grade Teacher
I just found another:

Kids Have Dropped Over Dead Converting Metrics

(Over stands for the One's unit)
#3
03-08-2008, 01:29 PM
 Proud2BATeacher Phenom Join Date: Dec 2005 Posts: 4,887 Sp. Ed. Teacher
I'm back . I googled a couple mnemonics for you:

The order of prefixes in the metric system, for every power of ten from 3 to -3, is Kilometre, Hectometre, Decametre, Metre, Decimetre, Centimetre, Millimetre:

- King Hector's Daffy Mother Drinks Chocolate Milk
- King Henry's Daughter Makes Delicious Chocolate Muffins
- King Henry Died Monday Drinking Chocolate Milk
- King Hector Dector Makes Delicious Chocolate Milk
- Kangaroos Hop Down Mountains During Cold Months
- Kings Have Diamonds. Most Diamonds Cost Money.
- King Henry Died Monday During Christmas Mass.

This variant is for the prefixes Kilo-, Hecto-, Deca-, then the Base unit (such as metre, gram, litre), then the prefixes Deci-, Centi-, Milli-:

- Kings Have Diamonds But Diamonds Cost Money
#4
03-08-2008, 01:30 PM
Kids Have Dropped Over (one's unit) Dead Converting Metrics

King Henry Died Unexpectedly Drinking Chocolate Milk
#5
03-08-2008, 01:31 PM
oops-- I like the kids drop over dead one
#6
03-08-2008, 01:32 PM
 hipteachergirl Companion Join Date: Nov 2006 Posts: 114 Oklahoma 4th Grade Teacher
I like the kids dropping over dead one too...I think they will find it hilarious.
#7
03-08-2008, 01:34 PM
 Proud2BATeacher Phenom Join Date: Dec 2005 Posts: 4,887 Sp. Ed. Teacher
Quote:
 Originally Posted by hipteachergirl I like the kids dropping over dead one too...I think they will find it hilarious.
and easy to remember
#8
03-08-2008, 04:57 PM
 TeacherGroupie Multitudinous Join Date: May 2005 Posts: 26,488 Calif.
Quote:
 Originally Posted by lemonhead Kids Have Dropped Over (one's unit) Dead Converting Metrics King Henry Died Unexpectedly Drinking Chocolate Milk
Heavens: I thought I was the only one using "unexpectedly".

But, yes, the kids dropping is very good.

By the way, "pneumonics" would have to do with the lungs (that's pneumon as in pneumonia).

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