Caterpillar

Caterpillar: an entertaining way to learn metric units for length, weight, and capacity. (Courtesy Umapalata.)

Remember that the names for the metric measures come with a combination of Latin and Greek prefixes. (You can always rehearse the names using the tables at the bottom of the page.)

LINEAR MEASURE
1 millimeter   1 mm   0.001 meter
1 centimeter   1 cm   0.01 meter
1 decimeter   1 dm   0.1 meter
1 meter   1 m    
1 dekameter   1 dam   10 meters
1 hectometer   1 hm   100 meters
1 kilometer   1 km   1000 meters
 
CAPACITY MEASURE
1 milliliter   1 ml   0.001 liter
1 centiliter   1 cl   0.01 liter
1 deciliter   1 dl   0.1 liter
1 liter   1 l    
1 dekaliter   1 dal   10 liters
1 hectoliter   1 hl   100 liters
1 kiloliter   1 kl   1000 liters
 
WEIGHT/MASS MEASURE
1 milligram   1 mg   0.001 gram
1 centigram   1 cg   0.01 gram
1 decigram   1 dg   0.1 gram
1 gram   1 g    
1 dekagram   1 dag   10 grams
1 hectogram   1 hg   100 grams
1 kilogram   1 kg   1000 grams

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