Teach your students how to do measurement conversion with hand signals. Here is a video tutorial with a measurement conversion trick to help kids know which operation they should use. Fourth and fifth grade students will learn how to use a hand signal based on if the unit of measure is bigger or smaller than the unit it is being converted to.
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Measurement Conversion Trick – Multiply or Divide
If you can teach students to apply a basic rule, then they can use this trick to learn whether to multiply or divide when converting measurements. Students will make their arms into a multiplication sign or a division sign based on whether the measure being converted is bigger or smaller. The placement of the arms above or below their head is how they know which sign to use.
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