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Alex Newman

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Why the metric system matters (Measurement)

As a class, watch the TEDEd video "Why the metric system matters" 1. Tap on 2. Click on Think 3. Answer the multiple choice questions. 4. Take a screenshot of your results and your to Seesaw 5. Tap 6. Add a comment to your photo to answer the question: How would you convince America to adopt the metric system using examples from Australia? 7. Tap

5th Grade, 4th Grade, 6th Grade, Social Studies, English Language Learners, History
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Links to forms of measurement, and persuasive writing techniques. Further resources: YouTube features a window into this time period with an animated (if you can really call it that) mini-movie entitled ‘Metric America’, released in 1973 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEhahcGUIDE). Time To Switch To The Metric System! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdmz3O2lnMQ) is another quick video from DNews about why America should be using the metric system. Finally, watch this Seeker Network video: Why Don't Americans Use The Metric System? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izKHWPxxTYA) What do you think? Is it time to make the change?