Publication No. 13945
Make learning metric prefixes and their corresponding numerical values entertaining and enjoyable with this metric units version of the classic dominoes game.
The metric system of measurement is based upon divisions of 10 using the same prefixes for length, mass and volume. Most countries today use this system for all their measurements. Why does the United States still use the English system of measurement? The United States was mainly developed from English heritage, so it ended up with the English measurement system. Several attempts have been to promote the use of the metric system in the United States, but all have failed due to strong public sentiment for the English system. Ironically, the British and their Commonwealth countries now use the metric system of measurement, but the United States, for the most part, still holds onto the English system. One area that does use the metric system as a standard is the field of science. The metric system is the foundation for most measurements and calculations used in all divisions of science. The Metric-ominoes Game will introduce and help strengthen students’ knowledge of the metric system and their ability to carry out conversions between the prefix of a measurement and its corresponding numerical value. The eight most commonly used prefixes—mega, kilo, deka, deci, centi, milli, micro and nano—will be used in this game. A table of the prefixes and their numerical values is listed below, and may be reproduced and given to students if desired.
Conversion table sheet*
The materials in this kit are considered nonhazardous. Please follow all normal classroom guidelines.
Student Worksheet PDF
Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)†
Science & Engineering PracticesUsing mathematics and computational thinking
Disciplinary Core IdeasMS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
Scale, proportion, and quantity
MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
Flinn Scientific would like to thank Jennifer Burns, Rosemary Camp and Mary Coogan, Liberty High School, Liberty, MO, for their idea for this activity.