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Understand Measuring Problems

In this worksheet, students will be asked to solve measurement problems using mixed units and will then convert between units.

'Understand Measuring Problems ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Measurement

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Conversion Problems

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you will be solving a variety of problems using units of measurement.


You will need to be able to convert between different units of measurement.


milli- means 1000th and centi- means 100th.

Also, kilo means 1000.


milli 1000 mm = 1 m
  1000 ml = 1 l
  1000 mg = 1 g
centi 100 cm = 1 m
  100 cl = 1 l
kilo 1 kg = 1000 g


Other useful conversions to remember are...

1 mm = 0.001 m

1 ml = 0.00 l 

1 mg = 0.00 1g


1 cm = 0.01 m

1 cl = 0.01 l


1 g = 0.001 kg



When solving a problem that uses more than one unit of measurement, always convert them so you are just working in one unit.

It's usually easier to work in the smaller unit and then convert back at the end if the question asks for the answer in the larger unit of measurement.



Zach pours 5 litres of water into his paddling pool. He then removes 600 ml. Finally, he adds another 50 cl.

How much water is now in the paddling pool?

Give your answer in litres.



Work in millilitres

5000 ml - 600 ml + 500 ml = 4900 ml


Convert back to litres by dividing by 1000.

4.9 l is in the paddling pool.


Your turn!

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