Mathematics / Foundation / Measurement and Geometry / Using units of measurement

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is longer, heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language (ACMMG006)

Elaborations
  • comparing objects directly, by placing one object against another to determine which is longer or by pouring from one container into the other to see which one holds more
  • using suitable language associated with measurement attributes, such as ‘tall’ and ‘taller’, ‘heavy’ and ‘heavier’, ‘holds more’ and ‘holds less’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Volume (Dimensions),  Length,  Mass

Interactive Resource

Sites2See – measurement for primary

Selected links to a range of interactive and print resources for Measurement topics in K-6 Mathematics.

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Measuring familiar things

Explore the attributes of familiar items. Make direct comparisons of these items based on length, mass (heaviness) or capacity (volume, or how much something holds). Use appropriate everyday language to describe the comparisons made. Use uniform informal units to measure items. Tell the time to the hour and half-hour using ...

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What holds the most?

Flynn and Dodly are going on a camping adventure. Watch how they measure the capacity of different containers. Which container will hold the most? 'Dodly the Adventurer' needs a container to put all his precious rocks in. Can you find a container big enough?

Teacher resource

Farm animals - unit 4

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about farm animals that are raised for food and fibre, with a particular focus on livestock needs and farming technologies. The program outline and supporting documents can ...

Teacher resource

Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

This is a teacher resource containing items relevant to planning lessons and teaching primary students about food and fibre production. It contains a program overview, an Agricultural Resources Links document providing links to useful external sites and resources, and eight study units - each containing a program outline ...

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Measuring length informally

How do we measure how big something is? Flynn and Dodley want to see who has the bigger toy bus. Which bus is taller, wider, longer? Flynn models how to measure his bus using sticks so he can make a garage for his 'magic' bus. The Flying girl and others also do some measuring.

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Mass

This is a colourful animation, with audio commentary, that defines mass and lists some of the words that are commonly used to describe the mass of an object, including 'heavy' and 'light'. Using these words, the resource categorises objects and compares their masses relative to each other. The resource poses questions and ...

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What can be measured?

This is a colourful animation, with audio commentary, that introduces different types of units of measure. The resource defines measurement and introduces seven different units of measure: length, height, area, volume or capacity, mass, temperature and time. As each unit of measure is introduced a simple example of measuring ...

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Volumes and surface areas

Take two differently shaped containers, for example, a tall, skinny cylinder and a short wide one. Which one will hold more beads? The result may surprise you! It's all about capacity. Two containers with the same surface area can have very different shapes and sizes, so they can have different volumes and hold different ...

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Mixed-Up Maths

Join our host, Ed, as he finds himself in all types of situations where only his knowledge of Maths can help him. From saving the planet from Aliens, to creating a superhero that can stop a strawberry milkshake tidal wave. From searching for buried treasure, to jumping like a daredevil, or planning the greatest circus party ...

Teacher resource

Water for life

This is a unit of work about the importance of water. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Ways we use water; Where our water comes from; Carrying water; Sharing a precious resource; and Wonderful water. The activities ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: living healthy: measurement and number

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week teaching plan and set of resources for the Foundation year, focusing on the development of concepts and language in number (counting, ordering, adding and taking away) and measurement (time, length and area). Within the theme of healthy living, the teacher establishes routines ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: the art of communication: pattern, order and number

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week teaching plan and set of resources for the Foundation year, focusing on the development of concepts and language in pattern and order (copying, continuing, creating and describing patterns) and number (counting, calculating, comparing and ordering). In the context of students ...