Customary Metric
Length
inch - in foot - ft yard - yd mile - mi
  1 ft = 12 in 1 yd = 36 in
1 yd = 3 ft
1 mi=63,360 in
1 mi = 5280 ft
1 mi=1760 yd
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The distance between the knuckles on your index finger is approximately 1 inch.
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Your notebook is approximately 1 foot tall.
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A baseball bat is approximately 1 yard long.
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Long distances are measured in miles. The distance a vehicle travels is measured in miles.
centimeter -cm decimeter - dm meter - m kilometer - km
1 cm=10 mm 1 dm=100 mm
1 dm=10 cm
1 m= 1000 mm
1 m=100 cm
1 m=10dm
1 km=1,000,000 mm
1 km=100,000 cm
1 km=10,000 dm
1 km=1000 m
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A paperclip is approximately 1 centimeter wide.
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A crayon is approximately 1 decimeter long.
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The distance from the floor to the door knob is approximately 1 meter.
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The length of 6 city blocks is  approximately 1 kilometer long.
Weight
ounce - oz pound - lb ton - T
  1 lb = 16 oz 1 T = 32,000 oz
1 T = 2000 lb
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A slice a bread weighs about 1 ounce.
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A loaf of bread weighs about 1 pound.
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A car weighs about 1 ton.
gram kilogram
  1 kilogram = 1000 grams
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A packet of sugar weighs about 1 gram.
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A book weighs about 1 kilogram.
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A car weighs about 1000 kilograms.
Capacity
cups - c pint - pt quarts - qt gallon - gal
  1 pt = 2 c 1 qt = 4 c
1 qt = 2 pt
1 gal = 16 c
1 gal = 8 pt
1 gal = 4 qt
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A small cup of coffee holds approximately 1 cup.
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A tall glass of lemonade or a bowl of soup holds approximately 1 pint.
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Oil comes in a quart-sized container.
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A large container of milk comes in a 1 gallon container.
 
milliliter - ml liter - l
  1 liter =
1000 milliliters
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Ten drops  from a medicine dropper is approximately 1 milliliter.
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A bottle of cola is one liter. A very large bottle holds 3 liters.