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Use Metric and Imperial Units to Solve Problems

In this worksheet, students will be asked to use metric and imperial units. Students will need to be able to convert between the two, in order to solve a range of problems. For some of the questions, the student may require a calculator.

'Use Metric and Imperial Units to Solve Problems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Measurement

Curriculum subtopic:   Convert Between Metric Measurements

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity, you will use your knowledge of metric and imperial units of measurement to solve some problems.

 

These are the key facts you will need to remember:

1 inch is approximately 2.54cm

3 ft is approximately 1 m
5 miles is approximately 8 km
2 lbs is approximately 1 kg
1 oz is approximately 30 g
2 pints is approximately 1 litre

 

Example:

Convert 6 cm to inches. Write your answer to 2 decimal places.

As there are 2.54 cm in an inch, we need to divide by 2.54.

6 cm ÷ 2.54 = 2.36 inches

So, 6 cm = 2.36 inches

Convert 8 cm to inches.

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54 cm.

 

3.20 inches

3.15 inches

4.15 inches

6.17 inches

The current world record for the longest nose on a living person is 8.8 cm.

 

Can you convert this measurement into inches by completing the blank space?

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54 cm

 

Give your answer to 2 decimal places.

 

Cartoon nose

3.20 inches

3.15 inches

4.15 inches

6.17 inches

Can you convert 14 inches to cm?

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54cm.

 

35.56 cm

35.16 cm

36.56 cm

35.05 cm

The largest recorded bubblegum bubble blown has a diameter of 20 inches.

 

Can you convert this measurement into cm?

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54 cm.

 

 

Bubblegum machine

 

35.56 cm

35.16 cm

36.56 cm

35.05 cm

Can you convert 18 feet into metres?

 

Remember, 3 feet is approximately 1 metre.

 

 7 Metres8 Metres6 Metres9 Metres
18 Feet = ? Metres

The longest snake in the world is recorded to have measured 25 feet in length.

 

Remember, 3 feet is approximately 1 metre.

 

Can you convert this into metres? Give your answer to 2 decimal places.

 

 

Milk snake

 

 

 7 Metres8 Metres6 Metres9 Metres
18 Feet = ? Metres

The longest distance ever recorded to have been run in a period of 24 hours is an amazing 350 miles.

 

What is this distance converted to kilometres?

 

Remember, 1 mile = approximately 1.6 kilometres.

 

 

Runner's shoe

The driving distance from London to Birmingham is approximately 202 kilometres.

 

Remember, 1 mile is approximately 1.6 km.

 

Can you convert this distance into miles?

 

Choose the correct answer below.

 

Map of Great Britain

 

 

126.25 miles

126.14 miles

125.26 miles

127.25 miles

A Spaniel dog weighs 45 lbs.

 

What does the Spaniel weigh in kg?

 

Remember, 2 lbs is approximately 1 kg.

 

 

King Charles Spaniel

 

 

126.25 miles

126.14 miles

125.26 miles

127.25 miles

A German Shepherd dog weighs 43.2 kg.

 

What does the German Shepherd weigh in lbs?

 

Remember, 2 lbs is approximately 1 kg.

 

German Shepherd Dog

126.25 miles

126.14 miles

125.26 miles

127.25 miles

  • Question 1

Convert 8 cm to inches.

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54 cm.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
3.15 inches
EDDIE SAYS
To convert cm to inches, we divide by 2.54 as 1 inch = 2.54 cm. 8cm ÷ 2.54 = 3.15 inches Hopefully, this isn't too difficult now you've read the breakdown in the method. Let's keep practising together.
  • Question 2

The current world record for the longest nose on a living person is 8.8 cm.

 

Can you convert this measurement into inches by completing the blank space?

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54 cm

 

Give your answer to 2 decimal places.

 

Cartoon nose

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Again, in order to convert cm to inches, we must divide by 2.54. 8.8 cm ÷ 2.54 = 3.46 inches.
  • Question 3

Can you convert 14 inches to cm?

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54cm.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
35.56 cm
EDDIE SAYS
As 1 inch = 2.54 cm, we need to multiply by 2.54. 14 x 2.54 = 35.56 cm
  • Question 4

The largest recorded bubblegum bubble blown has a diameter of 20 inches.

 

Can you convert this measurement into cm?

 

Remember, 1 inch is approximately 2.54 cm.

 

 

Bubblegum machine

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
As 1 inch = 2.54 cm, we need to multiply by 2.54. 20 x 2.54 = 50.8 cm Hopefully, you're getting the hang of this by now.
  • Question 5

Can you convert 18 feet into metres?

 

Remember, 3 feet is approximately 1 metre.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 7 Metres8 Metres6 Metres9 Metres
18 Feet = ? Metres
EDDIE SAYS
To roughly convert 18 feet into metres, we divide by 3. This is because there are approximately 3 feet in 1 metre. 18 feet = approximately 6 metres.
  • Question 6

The longest snake in the world is recorded to have measured 25 feet in length.

 

Remember, 3 feet is approximately 1 metre.

 

Can you convert this into metres? Give your answer to 2 decimal places.

 

 

Milk snake

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
To roughly convert 25 feet into metres, we divide by 3. This is because there is approximately 3 feet in 1 metre. 25 feet = approximately 8.33 metres.
  • Question 7

The longest distance ever recorded to have been run in a period of 24 hours is an amazing 350 miles.

 

What is this distance converted to kilometres?

 

Remember, 1 mile = approximately 1.6 kilometres.

 

 

Runner's shoe

CORRECT ANSWER
560 km
560 kilometres
EDDIE SAYS
To roughly convert 350 miles to kilometres, we have to multiply 350 by 1.6 350 x 1.6 = 560. 350 miles = 560 kilometres.
  • Question 8

The driving distance from London to Birmingham is approximately 202 kilometres.

 

Remember, 1 mile is approximately 1.6 km.

 

Can you convert this distance into miles?

 

Choose the correct answer below.

 

Map of Great Britain

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
126.25 miles
EDDIE SAYS
To convert kilometres to miles, we have to divide by 1.6 as 1 km = 1.6 miles. 202 ÷ 1.6 = 126.25 miles. You're making great progress, two questions to go...
  • Question 9

A Spaniel dog weighs 45 lbs.

 

What does the Spaniel weigh in kg?

 

Remember, 2 lbs is approximately 1 kg.

 

 

King Charles Spaniel

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
We know 2 lbs is approximately 1 kg. Therefore we divide 45 lbs by 2. 45 ÷ 2 = 22.5 kg
  • Question 10

A German Shepherd dog weighs 43.2 kg.

 

What does the German Shepherd weigh in lbs?

 

Remember, 2 lbs is approximately 1 kg.

 

German Shepherd Dog

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
We know 2 lbs is approximately 1 kg. Therefore we multiply 43.2 kg by 2. 43.2 x 2 = 86.4 lbs. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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