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Convert between different distance measurement units to answer the word problems below. Highlight the important words and numbers. Remember to write you answer in a full sentence.

1. Chase measured a line for his art project. It is 200 millimeters long. How many centimeters is the line?
There are 10 mm in 1 cm. We are converting from a small unit to a larger one so we divide. 200 ÷ 10 = 20 centimeters.
The line is 20 cm long.

2. Cheryl is moving to a new house. Her old house is 3 kilometers from her new house. How many meters is the old house from the new house?
There are 1000 m in 1 km. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 3 x 1000 = 3000 meters.
The old house is 3000 m from the new house.

3. Jessica's shoebox is 20 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide. How many more millimeters is the length of the shoebox than the width?
Subtract to find the difference in length: 20 cm - 10 cm = 10cm. We need to convert this to millimeters. There are 10 mm in 1 cm. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 10 x 10 = 100 millimeters.
The shoebox is 100mm longer than it is wide.

4. Stan walks 2 kilometers a day. How many meters does he walk in two days?
Multiply to find how many kilometers Stan walks in 2 days: 2 km/ day x 2 days = 4 km. There are 1000 m in 1 km. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 4 x 1000 = 4000 meters.
Stan walks 4000 meters in 2 days.

5. Carlos has a 1.2 meter long piece of wood. He wants to cut it into 3 equal lengths. How long should each piece be in millimeters?
Convert the full length to millimeters. There are 1000 mm in 1 m. We are converting from a large unit to a smaller one so we multiply. 1.2 x 1000 = 1200 centimeters. Divide by 3: 1200 mm ÷ 3 = 400 mm.
Each piece should be 400mm long.

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Related Resources

The various resources listed below are aligned to the same standard, (4MD02) taken from the CCSM (Common Core Standards For Mathematics) as the Word problems Worksheet shown above.

Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of ...

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Similar to the above listing, the resources below are aligned to related standards in the Common Core For Mathematics that together support the following learning outcome:

Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit

 

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