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Metric Pyramid

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, measurement, meter, square, cubic, liter, Celsius, Fahrenheit, degree, joule
Audience: Students, Parents, Educators, General Public, Technology Coordinators, Outreach Ambassadors
Grade Level:  3 to 8
Subjects: STEM, mathematics, physical science, chemistry, biology and life sciences, earth science, engineering, environmental science, physics




This resource provides a printable metric unit pyramid, which has unit conversions and 10 cm sides which may be used as a reference ruler. The printed paper of size 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm (8.5 in x 11 in) is to be cut out and folded to create the pyramid. This resource is an interactive method to engage students in unit conversion and metric measures. Caution: The ruler edge will not be accurate if other paper sizes are used.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand metric units of measure
  • Learn reference unit conversions
  • Develop metric length estimation


  • Required
    • Digital file
    • 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm (8.5 in x 11 in) office size cardstock
    • Printer
    • Scissors
    • Clear tape or glue stick


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

Teaching Tips

Explain the functionality and applicability of the pyramid. Useful conversion factors of various units are displayed on it; additionally, each side is 10 cm in length, which may be used as a reference ruler. Student may use this publication as a “homework helper,” placing the assembled pyramid on the classroom or home desk as an easy guide to approximate unit conversion factors.

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Created July 13, 2022, Updated January 16, 2024