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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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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?

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How many potatoes tall is Elmo?

NFL footballer Drew Bees and Elmo discuss how to measure length. Drew does his best to measure Elmo using a potato, a tube of toothpaste and a football as the units of measure. He also measures Elmo in inches using a ruler. For each unit of measure, find out how tall Elmo is.

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Primary Connections: Spot the difference

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how heating and cooling change a substance's properties and whether the change is reversible. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for six structured lessons ...

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Primary Connections: Up, down and all around

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the changes that occur to natural, managed and constructed environments. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form ...

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Primary Connections: Watch it grow

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the growth, development, reproduction and death of different organisms. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an ...

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Primary Connections: Machine makers

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on forces as pushes and pulls. Students explore forces in their everyday lives, including forces related to simple machines. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive lesson plans, student handouts and additional teaching support material. The unit is based on ...

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Primary Connections: Changes all around

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the observable properties of the sky and landscape in their local environment. They observe changes of different scales and time scales and classify changes as natural, constructed or managed. Students investigate the impact of people, compare features of objects before and ...

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Using 'Area and perimeter' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea relates the experiences of teaching R11472 'Area and perimeter - unit of work' both with students in a regular year 3 class and with others online in a virtual classroom. Through digital resources and hands-on tasks the unit explores the early concepts of perimeter and area, including the introduction ...

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Informal units

This is a short colourful animation, with audio commentary, about using informal units to measure length. The animation demonstrates three examples of uniform informal measurement: hands measuring a desk, shoes measuring a room and toothpicks measuring a book. The narrator counts the number of informal units measured, and ...

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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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reSolve: Authentic Problems: Target Ball

This sequence of four lessons explores the relationship between an informal unit of measure and what is being measured using the context of designing a game of 'Target Ball'. Students work in groups to collect data on how far their chose ball rolls, using a cut-out foot as an informal unit of measure. They represent and ...