# Lesson 5 Multi-step Conversion Problems: Metric Length

Let’s solve multi-step problems about metric length.

## Warm-up True or False: Powers of 10

Decide if each statement is true or false. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

## Activity 1 Walk All Day

Lin has a watch that counts the number of steps she takes during the day and displays those steps in centimeters, meters, or kilometers.

Here is a list of activities Lin did on Monday. Next to each activity, write whether it would make sense to display the distance in cm, m, or km.

walked to her friend’s desk

walked to the front of the classroom

walked from her classroom to the bus

ran twice around the playground

The table shows the amount of steps Lin’s watch displayed for each activity. If each of her steps is 50 centimeters, how many centimeters and meters did Lin walk for each activity?

activity

number of steps

distance (cm)

distance (m)

walked to her friend’s desk

walked to the front of the classroom

walked from her classroom to the bus

ran twice around the playground

At the end of the day, Lin’s watch displayed 8,500 steps. Would it make sense for her watch to record the distance in centimeters, meters, or kilometers? Why?

How many kilometers did Lin walk that day?

## Activity 2 Who Ran Farther?

Use the table to find the total distance Tyler ran during the week. Explain or show your reasoning.

day

distance (km)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Use the table to find the total distance Clare ran during the week. Show your reasoning.

day

distance (m)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Who ran farther, Clare or Tyler? How much farther? Explain or show your reasoning.

## Practice Problem

## Problem 1

A track is 366 meters around. An athlete runs 15 laps. How many kilometers is that? Explain or show your reasoning.