Mathematics / Year 6 / Measurement and Geometry / Using units of measurement

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Curriculum content descriptions

Solve problems involving the comparison of lengths and areas using appropriate units (ACMMG137)

Elaborations
  • recognising and investigating familiar objects using concrete materials and digital technologies
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Area,  Length

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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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HOTmaths: exploring areas of rectangles and squares

Do rectangles with larger areas also have longer perimeters? Explore the relationship between the area and perimeter as the length and width are altered. Follow an investigation path using the HOTsheet.

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Numeracy wrap: The long and the short

In this resource students measure objects of different length in centimetres and millimetres, order lengths from shortest to longest, convert between millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres.

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Area of composite shapes

Finding the area of a rectangle is quite easy. But what if the shape you're working with is not a simple rectangle? What if it's a composite shape made up of two different-sized rectangles? See how to work out the area, and discover why you need to use the same units.

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: The fun begins: plan, budget, profit!

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the year 6 mathematics, English, geography, and economics and business curriculums around planning a nature fun park. The unit is intended to take about eight hours. It consists of eight sets of student activities supported by teacher notes, including mapping, holding discussions, ...

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Measuring our coastline

How long is the Australian coastline? See Dr Derek Muller and Simon Pampena discussing the perimeter of the Australian coastline. Find out how the accuracy of that measurement depends on the length of the 'measuring stick' used. They discuss how a coastline is much like a fractal such as 'Koch's Snowflake'!

Teacher resource

Measuring the distance on a map - teacher resource

This teacher resource describes how students can explore unit conversions for length and distance using the learning objects L10871 'The Metrix: length 1' and L10872 'The Metrix: length 2'. They then use 'Select a measure tool' and maps in the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore measurement and scaling.

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MoneySmart: It's raining cats and dogs...

This is a year 6 mathematics unit of work about keeping pets. The unit is intended to take about 12 hours of teaching and learning time, and is recommended for near the end of the school year. It consists of an introduction, seven sets of student activities, and teacher notes. The student activities include building a word ...

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Mapping a sea voyage: calculating distance

Scientists involved in the Two Bays Project describe data collection methods for their 20-day expedition around Port Phillip and Western Port bays. Watch this clip to view the route mapped out by the scientists. Use Google Maps to recreate the route and calculate the total distance travelled.

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Exploring area and perimeter

Build a compound shape on a grid from shapes such as rectangles, semicircles and squares. Notice that the total area of the compound shape equals the sum of the areas of all of the component shapes. Build a rectangle to produce a given area and perimeter. Identify shapes used to form a compound shape. Calculate the area ...

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Numeracy wrap: Round the outside

In this resource students will calculate the perimeter of different shapes, choose the appropriate measuring device, make different shapes from given perimeters

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Area of a parallelogram

This is a Geogebra activity used to teach the area of a parallelogram. Suitable for use with an interactive whiteboard (IWB).

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Area of a triangle

This is a Geogebra activity used to teach the area of a triangle. Suitable for use with an interactive whiteboard (IWB).

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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 ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Playground percentages

Help a town planner to design two site plans for a school. Assign regions on a 10x10 grid for different uses such as a playground, canteen, car park or lawn. Calculate the percentage of the total site used for each region. Use a number line to display fractions and equivalent fractions.

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The divider: without remainders

Solve whole number division problems such as 156/6. Use a partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated division problems. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a division problem into parts that are easy to work with. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Design a school

Help a town planner to design a site plan for a school. Using a 10x10 grid, design areas for four regions (library, car park, lawn and canteen) based on the percentages given. Assign the area for an additional two regions, using percentages of your choice. Use a number line to indicate the equivalent fractions for two regions. ...

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The Metrix: decimals: area 1

Measure the required size of a solar panel to replace a damaged one on the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

The divider: with or without remainders

Solve divisions such as 147/7 or 157/6 (some have remainders). Use a partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated divisions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a division into parts that are easy to work with, use times tables, then solve the original calculation.

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Pattern shapes, by the Math Learning Centre - iTunes app

Use this open exploration tool to explore patterns in geometry, fractions, area and perimeter by creating your own shapes or filling in shapes. Use the text tool to annotate your representations. Great for work on fractions, symmetry and area. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.