Ch 2: Unit Conversion Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Unit Conversion chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the steps for measuring items and using conversion formulas in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Unit Conversion chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Measurements: accuracy and uncertainty Explore the use of significant figures to show uncertainty in measurements, compare the terms precision and accuracy, and go over how to interpret the calculations of significant figures and correct numbers
Tuesday Elements of the metric system Derived units, SI base, conversion formulas for the metric system, and the metric units of measure used for the following: volume, length, density, mass, and time
Wednesday Dimensional analysis and unit conversion Analyze conversion factors and practice converting measurement units
Thursday Calculations and documentation Determine the significant figures to use during calculations and write out answers through the proper use of scientific notation
Friday How to measure temperature Identify temperature measuring instruments and their uses and go over how to measure temperatures correctly

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Unit Conversion Lesson Plans
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Measurements & Uncertainty in Science

1. Measurements & Uncertainty in Science

In this lesson, you will discover the importance of precision and accuracy in science while learning to make measurements. Also, you will understand how to perform calculations with measurements that conserve precision and limit uncertainty.

Elements of the SI: Base & Derived Units

2. Elements of the SI: Base & Derived Units

Discover what we mean by SI units. Then explore SI units further by learning about all the base units, and several examples of the derived units that make up the system.

The Metric System: Units and Conversion

3. The Metric System: Units and Conversion

Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.

Metric System Lesson Plan

4. Metric System Lesson Plan

Teaching students the metric system need not be cumbersome. In this lesson plan, you'll find two video lessons that help students create guides and a worksheet based on our quizzes. Should you need to dig deeper, utilize the included suggestions for related lessons and extensions.

Metric Conversions Lesson Plan

5. Metric Conversions Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, we will help your students learn the basic prefixes of the metric system and the easy way in which one can convert from one base ten unit in the metric system to another.

Metric Conversion Games & Activities

6. Metric Conversion Games & Activities

The metric system is likely to become increasingly important in the future. Help your students learn what they need to know about the metric system with a few of these games and activities.

Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis

7. Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis

How is solving a chemistry problem like playing dominoes? Watch this lesson to find out how you can use your domino skills to solve almost any chemistry problem.

Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

8. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.

Scientific Notation Lesson Plan

9. Scientific Notation Lesson Plan

Use's video lesson on scientific notation to practice the rules required to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers that are written in scientific notation. End the lesson with a game that allows students to practice their skills.

Scientific Notation Games & Activities

10. Scientific Notation Games & Activities

Scientific notation is extremely useful for scientists, and is an important skill for students who are beginning to learn more advanced science for the first time. We can help our students learn what they need to know by playing games and doing activities. Here are some ideas.

Scientific Notation Projects

11. Scientific Notation Projects

Scientific notation doesn't have to be a dull topic; you can make it fun with some in-class projects. Why not try a few of these ideas in your classroom?

Measuring Temperature in the Lab: Instruments & Process

12. Measuring Temperature in the Lab: Instruments & Process

In this lesson, discover what temperature is a measurement of while learning how to properly measure temperature in a lab. Learn about the important instruments needed for this essential lab skill.

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