Education Resources on the Metric System (SI)
The International System of Units (SI), commonly known as the metric system, is the international standard for measurement. SI use in product design, manufacturing, marketing, and labeling is essential for United States industry's success in the global marketplace. SI measurement system familiarity and fluency must be developed along the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career pipeline to produce an U.S. engineering workforce with this essential 21st century skill.
This collection of resources can be used to enrich classroom curriculum and reinforce student learning. These resources are helpful to students as they become familiar with the metric system and learn more about SI basics. This site has numerous educational materials published by NIST that can be downloaded and freely reproduced. Contact the NIST Metric Program regarding handouts available in bulk so that each student can receive a copy, such as NIST SP 365 (a laminated Metric Conversion Card, which has an 8 cm rule on one edge).
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Mar 2011 - PDF
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - Jan, 1999
NIST Metric Pyramid - LC 1140 - PDF
Nano IQ Quiz
SI Teachers Kit: Obtain a free set of metric education resources for your classroom by contacting TheSI@nist.gov (include your name, school, subject, grade level, phone number, and mailing address).
FAQ: How do I get a metric ruler?
Metric rulers are available from many retail vendors, which can be identified by using search terms such as "metric rule," "meter stick," or "metric stick." Printable rulers such as the centimeter Color-square rules, can be color printed on to overhead transparency sheets to make inexpensive metric rulers. You may also be interested in similar printable teaching aids that create a liter cube or a cubic decimeter box, which are easily constructed using cardstock.
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