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Inches, Feet, Yards, and Miles

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Freddie disturbs Zuri whilst she is reading, trying to measure her face with his foot! Zuri explains that’s not a unit of measurement, and teaches Freddie all about inches, feet, yards, and miles.

Inches, Feet, Yards and Miles Explanation

Inches, feet, yards, and miles are units of measurement used in the U.S. An inch is smaller than a foot. A foot is smaller than a yard. A yard is smaller than a mile!

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  • How many inches in a foot? Twelve inches make up one foot.
  • How many inches in a yard? Thirty-six inches make up one yard.
  • How many feet in a yard? Three feet make up one yard.
  • How many inches in a mile? Sixty-three thousand, three hundred sixty inches make up one mile.
  • How many feet in a mile? Five thousand two hundred and eight feet make up one mile.
  • How many yards in a mile? One thousand seven hundred sixty yards make up one mile.

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Transcript Inches, Feet, Yards, and Miles

What a beautiful day for Zuri to read her magazine! "Freddie, what are you doing?" "Oh, I heard you can measure things in feet!" "What? No Freddie, they meant like this!" Let's join Freddie in learning all about inches, feet, yards, and miles. Inches, feet, yards, and miles are customary measurements, or units, of length often used in the U.S. An inch is a very small measure of length and is represented by the abbreviation I N or a quotation mark. A foot is a bigger measurement than an inch and is represented by the abbreviation F T or an apostrophe. A yard is a bigger measurement than a foot and is represented by the abbreviation Y D. A mile is a bigger measurement than a yard and is represented by the abbreviation M I. We can compare measurements using a chart. Let's start by taking a closer look at inches! Twelve inches make up one foot. Thirty-six inches make up one yard. Sixty-three thousand three hundred sixty inches make up one mile. Now let's take a look at feet! Three feet make up one yard and five thousand two hundred eighty feet make up one mile. Now let's take a look at yards! One thousand seven hundred sixty yards make up one mile. And finally, let's look at miles! A mile is the biggest unit of length in the customary measurement system, so any long distance typically use miles. What are some items or objects that are roughly the size of each unit? A paperclip is roughly one inch. A footlong sub sandwich is roughly one foot. The length of an adult bike is roughly one yard. For one mile, there isn't a specific item that is one mile long, but four laps of a standard running track is equal to one mile! While Freddie finishes up learning about the customary units of length, let's review! Remember, inches, feet, yards, and miles are all customary measurements, or units of length in the U.S. An inch is a very small measure of length and is represented by the abbreviation I N or a quotation mark. A foot is a bigger measurement than an inch and is represented by the abbreviation F T or an apostrophe. A yard is a bigger measurement than a foot and is represented by the abbreviation Y D. A mile is a bigger measurement than a yard and is represented by the abbreviation M I. Finally, it looks like Zuri can really relax and read her magazine! "Freddie! What are you doing this time!" "I'm using this foot long sandwich to measure your face!" "What? No Freddie. I think you completely misunderstood!"

Inches, Feet, Yards, and Miles exercise

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  • What are the units of length?

    Hints

    An abbreviation of a word just means a shorter version of the word.

    Sometimes the letters chosen from the abbreviation come from the beginning and end of the word.

    Solution

    An inch has the abbreviation in and is the smallest unit of measurement.

    A foot is next in line and the abbreviation is ft.

    After a foot comes a yard. The abbreviation is yd.

    Finally, the largest unit of measurement is the mile and the abbreviation is mi.

  • How big is each unit of length?

    Hints

    Use this image to help you remember the smallest to the largest units of measurement.

    The metric system is used in most places in the world to measure length... except the United States! The United States uses inches, feet, yards, and miles.

    Solution

    1) The smallest unit of length is an inch.

    2) The largest unit of length is a mile.

    3) A foot is made up of twelve inches. Just like a ruler!

    4) A yard is larger than a foot but smaller than a mile.

    5) Inches, feet, yards, and miles are used mostly in the United States while the metric system is used in most other countries.

  • Can you convert to a different unit of measurement?

    Hints

    Remember, a foot is equal to 12 inches. If the bench is 2 feet long, it can't be 6 inches!

    Remember, a foot is made up of 12 inches. So if the bench is 2 feet long, the problem is just 12 + 12.

    Solution

    The bench that Freddie sees is 24 inches long.

    As we saw in the question, the bench is 2 feet long. A foot is 12 inches. Since the bench is 2 feet long, we just add 12 inches + 12 inches to figure out that the bench in 24 inches or** 2 feet long**.

  • Can you match the lengths that are equal to each other?

    Hints

    Remember the pyramid to help you with the lengths of each unit. The inch is the smallest and the mile is the biggest.

    Use the partial chart pictured here to help you match some of the units of measure.

    Solution

    We can use many of the units of measurement to measure the same distance. The number depends on which unit of measure is being used!

    12 inches = 1 foot

    36 inches = 1 yard

    1 yard = 3 foot

    1,760 yards = 1 mile

    5,280 feet = 1 mile

  • Which are units of measurement?

    Hints

    Remember, units of length are not actually objects. We can use objects as examples and visuals of a unit of length!

    We can also use a ruler as an example of how long a foot is.

    Solution

    The actual units that we use to measure length are an inch, foot, yard, and mile. The inch being the smallest and the mile being the longest.

    The adult bicycle, paper clip, sandwich, and four laps of a track are all just ways we can visualize, or see, the units of length as a reference.

  • Can you convert to a different unit of measurement?

    Hints

    Remember, one yard is equal to 3 feet.

    Remember that 1 yard equals 3 feet. The problem is 3 feet x 3.

    Solution

    The ball that Freddie kicked is 9 feet away.

    The ball is 3 yards from Freddie. Each yard is equal to 3 feet. If we add each yard (3 feet) we get the problem 3 feet + 3 feet + 3 feet. 3+3+3= 9 feet!