Mathematics / Year 4 / Measurement and Geometry / Using units of measurement

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures (ACMMG084)

Elaborations
  • reading and interpreting the graduated scales on a range of measuring instruments to the nearest graduation
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Volume (Dimensions),  Measuring instruments,  Length,  Mass,  Temperature

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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Centimetres

This is a colourful animation with audio commentary about centimetres. The resource introduces the centimetre by closely examining a one-metre ruler and breaking it down into 100 centimetres. A simple visual showing the centimetre as smaller than a piece of gum but larger than an ant is presented and then two objects, a ...

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools

This is a valuable website containing comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular teaching and learning resource for years 3 to 8 that focuses on the themes of energy, energy management and the Earth’s renewable energy sources. There are three teaching units on the themes of ‘Energy introduction’, ‘Energy management’ ...

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Monumental measurement mess ups

Did you know that in Australia we use a metric system for measurement? See if you know the units of measurement for length, mass and volume. Find out what system the United States uses. You guessed it - they don't use the metric system! See how a mix up of these units can cause all kinds of mess ups.

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Make a cake: measure ingredients

Sarah is following a recipe. There are some different units of measure used in the recipe. Watch the video to see what these measurement words are. How much of each ingredient is needed? How are the ingredients combined to make the cake?

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools – Years 3 - 4

This is a comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular resource that focuses on the theme of energy, covering the topics of energy transformation, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, the environmental impact of energy use, and energy conservation. The teaching unit ‘Energy introduction’ provides teaching ...

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High rise living

Who is tall that you know? For a person, what height would you say is tall? In this clip we see what it means to measure the length of something compared to measuring the height of something. Find out the height of the tallest person in the world, measured in centimetres. Compare that to your own height. You'll be amazed ...

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Heavy vs big

How would you measure and compare the weight of something? Learn why big things aren't necessarily heavy. All you need is something heavy and a lot of something light and you’ll be able to prove that weight is not the same as size.

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Cubirocks are measured!

Help three cuboid characters to estimate the volume of cube-shaped rocks made by a special volcano in 'Cubiland'. Each character uses a different measuring unit: small, medium-sized or large. Use a measuring cube to help estimate the volume of different 'cubirocks' made up of cubes. Complete a data table. Volumes range ...

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Balance the cups

Put blocks (or balls) into the cups on the scales to make them balance, using the number rules A = B + C and A + B = C + D. Use your knowledge of addition and multiplication to help you work out how many blocks you need in each cup. Finish the number sentence to show an equal number of blocks on each side. This learning ...

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Cubirocks go!

Help three cuboid characters estimate and compare the volumes of cube-shaped rocks made by a special volcano in 'Cubiland'. Each character uses a different measuring unit: small, medium-sized or large. Notice that if 8 medium cubes and 27 small cubes fill a large cube that this ratio can be applied to all 'cubirocks'. Use ...

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Cubirocks galore!

Help two cuboid characters to estimate the volume of cube-shaped rocks made by a special volcano in 'Cubiland'. Each character uses a different measuring unit: medium-sized or large. Use a measuring cube to help estimate the volume of different 'cubirocks' made up of cubes. Complete a data table. Volumes range from 1 unit ...

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Balance the cups: use the rule 3

Put blocks into the cups on the scales to make them balance, using the number rule A + B = C + D. Use your knowledge of addition to help you work out how many blocks you need in each cup. Write the number sentence to show an equal number of blocks on each side. Look for patterns to help you think of another solution. This ...

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Balance the blobs: find the rule 1

Balance scales by using blobs. Using unit ratios, such as 1:3, 2: 1 or 1:4, explore how many black blobs and white blobs balance each other. Discover the rule that balances the scales with the correct number and type of blobs. For example, 2 black blobs balance 1 white blob. Find out how many black blobs balance 2 white ...

Teacher resource

Telling the time - unit of work

This unit introduces the formal measurement of time using the terms 'o'clock', 'half past', 'quarter past' and 'quarter to' and their representation on an analogue clock. It is specifically for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), so the learning experiences offered are structured, methodical and sequential and ...

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Drawing a floor plan

How do we know what a house will look like before it is built? Discover how house plans work by looking at the design of a house that Hugo's family is going to build. See how a floor plan shows the room layout. See drawings of what the house will look like from different views.

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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

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

TIMES Module 3: Measurement and Geometry: time - teacher guide

This is a 20-page guide for teachers containing an introduction to the units of time and how to measure time. Time between events, time lines and timetables are considered. A brief history of the development of these concepts concludes the module.

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: How much love can fit into a shoebox?

This is a year 4 mathematics unit of work about preparing a 'shoebox of love', a gift-filled shoebox to be sent to a child in need. The unit is intended to take about 11 hours of teaching and learning time. It consists of an introduction, seven student activities and teacher notes on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. ...