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Converting Inches, Feet, Yards Worksheets

There are only three countries in the world that that still use the traditional Imperial system of measurement. The smaller-sized West Africa country of Liberia, the moderately-sized Asian country of Myanmar, and the global behemoth of the United States have not yet fully converted to using the metric system as have the rest of the countries on the planet. The United States is so heavily invested in the Imperial system, it doesn’t look like it will change over anytime soon. When it comes to length the three most commonly used units of measure in this system are, in ascending order: inches, feet, and yards. Being able to convert measures between these three units is a good skill to master. These worksheets and lessons show you how convert units of length between multiple systems.

Aligned Standard: 5.MD.A.1

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Homework Sheets

We start with feet and miles. Number two focuses on yards and feet. Number 3 goes all metric with its bad self.

  • Homework 1 - There are 5,280 feet in 1 mile. That is helpful.
  • Homework 2 - There are 3 feet in a yard. This means that 1 feet = 0.333 yards.
  • Homework 3 - 1 centimeter = .01 meters

Practice Worksheets

I tried to add a good mix of units of length here. Let me know if you need more practice on this.

  • Practice 1 - We can convert to miles by using a standard proportion.
  • Practice 2 - Yards are much larger than feet. We need to first determine the numbers of feet in a yard.
  • Practice 3 - Length will make it well deserved.

Math Skill Quizzes

The quizzes don't provide you with a reference chart. If you need one, just print it from the reference section.

  • Quiz 1 - Mostly metric problems.
  • Quiz 2 - 9595 feet = __miles _ feet
  • Quiz 3 - When we calculate we will use the conversion 1 foot = 12 inches.

Tips for Converting Measures of Length

Measuring Tape

Like every other physical quantity, length also has different units used across different regions of the world. For example, the meter is the most commonly used unit for length, but in places that follow Imperial measurement standards, units like yard, feet, and inches are also used. So, for calculation, a need for conversion of units was strongly felt some time ago. Catering to the need for conversion of units of length, all the units were linked to each other by a certain factor.

Here are a few commonly used units of length and their conversions: Meter, Yard, Foot, Inch - 1 meter = 1.09361 yards, 1 meter = 3.28084 feet, 1 meter = 39.3701 inches, 1 yard = 3 feet, 1 yard = 36 inches, 1 foot = 12 inches. Other conversions involving prefixes or different units are done in the same way. A quick way to setup up the math required to convert units is to setup everything as a proportion.

Prefixes - When you work with length measures of the metric system the units are all based on the same unit ‘meter’, but the differing unit lengths are based on the prefix that starts the word off. The same unit with different prefixes is fairly easy to convert. Kilo is a prefix for '1000', Centi is for '1/100' and Milli is for '1/1000', so all you have to do is multiply or divide the value in meter with the values of these prefixes for example, 3,000 meters will be divided by 1,000 to be converted into kilometers.

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