Equivalences Among U.S. Customary Units of Measurement: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

There are many different ways to measure length, weight, and capacity. In this lesson, learn how to convert between units such as feet, miles, and inches. You will also practice solving problems using these conversions.

What Is Measurement?

Eloise is getting ready to throw a party. She will need to use measurements to prepare her supplies.

Measurement is a label that tells the value of something. This lesson will describe three types of measurement. Linear measurement describes length or distance. Weight describes how heavy or light something is. Capacity is volume, or how much a container can hold. The two most common systems of measurement are metric measurement and U.S. customary measurement. This is a lesson about U.S. customary measurement.

How Do You Convert Measurements?

This chart shows equivalencies.


Measurement Chart
measurement chart


Measurements can be converted to different units in the same category. Linear measurements can be reported in inches, feet, yards, and miles. Weight can be reported in ounces, pounds, and tons. Capacity, or volume, can be reported in ounces, cups, pints, quarts, and gallons.

You can use the equivalencies on the chart to convert measurements between units. For example, you can change feet to miles or cups to quarts. When you're converting measurements, remember two things:

  1. When going from a larger unit to a smaller unit, you should multiply.
  2. When going from a smaller unit to a larger unit, you should divide.

Let's go back to Eloise's party planning and convert some measurements.

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