Metric Compared to the English system

 

Purpose – Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding between the metric and the English measuring systems

 

Types of learning

Read/Write and Visual

 

Task

Compare the English system to the metric system, using the following websites below.  In a 1 page paper take a stance on which system of measurement, you feel is better.  The paper is to be completed in Word with arial 12 font.  Only double space between paragraphs not lines.   Describe and illustrate why one system is better or easier to use then the other.  The paper has to be in your own words.  You may cut and paste the charts to illustrate how each system works. 

 

Ideas to include in paper:

-History of systems

-Accuracy

-Ease of use

-Charts to demonstrate usage

When finished, you should have three typed out paragraphs in your own words. One paragraph on the metric system, one paragraph on the English system, and one paragraph describing what one you think is the best and why. You also need a graph or chart that supports your opinion.

 

http://www.metric.org.uk Click on the “What is a metric” link and also the “Why metric link”.  Under the “Why Metric” link also check out the sub-links.

http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/

Rubric

 

Topics

Points

Points Possible

 

 

 

Written in own words

____

10

Spelling and Grammar

____

5

Tables or illustrations

____

5

Took stance for a measurement system

____

5

Appropriate page setup and font

____

5

 

Total   ____

Total     30