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Metric Bookmark

Black and White graphic.  Left side has black images of scales, rulers, SI logo.  Right side has white images on black background of same items.  The middle of image has a gray cirle with EDUCATION in black letters.
Keywords: SI, metric, mass, kilogram, length, meter, temperature, ruler, activity, measurement
Audience: Students, Parents, Educators, General Public, Technology Coordinators, Outreach Ambassadors, Guidance Counselors
Grade Level:  K to Higher Education
Subjects: SI units, research at NIST: metrology



Metric Bookmark
Edition: 2001

Black and white images: oval image, Metric Program contact information; definition of kilogram in U.S. pounds; meter in approximate length in U.S. yard; millileter size compared to U.S. dime; kilometer compared to mile; common units and prefixes listed; gram compared to weight of paperclip; liter compared to quart; NIST logo
Credit: NIST


This resource provides a printable metric unit bookmark, which has unit references and a 16 cm ruler to use as a measurement reference. Print the two (2) page template on Tabloid/Ledger paper of size 279.4 mm x 431.8 mm (11 in x 17 in) in duplex (back-to-back). The printed template will create four bookmarks once cut. This resource is an interactive method to engage students in metric units and measures. Caution: The ruler edge will not be accurate if other paper sizes are used.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand metric units of measure
  • Learn unit references between systems
  • Develop metric length estimation


  • Digital file
  • Tabloid/Ledger paper of size 279.4 mm x 431.8 mm (11 in x 17 in)
  • Printer
  • Scissors


Use caution when handling paper edges and scissors to prevent injury.

Teaching Tips

Explain the unit relationships and discuss metric prefixes displayed on the bookmark. Each card also contains a 16 cm ruler, which may be used as a length reference.

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Created July 13, 2022, Updated January 16, 2024