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Mathematics / Year 3 / Measurement and Geometry / Using units of measurement

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Curriculum content descriptions

Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, mass and capacity (ACMMG061)

Elaborations
  • recognising the importance of using common units of measurement
  • recognising and using centimetres and metres, grams and kilograms, and millilitres and litres
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Volume (Dimensions),  Length,  Mass,  Kilograms,  Metres

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