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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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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 ...

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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.

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Measuring time informally and reading clocks

Dodly is getting ready for a very special occasion tomorrow. How will he fill in his time? How long does he have to wait? And what is his special occasion? With Dodly, Flynn and the Flying GIrl, investigate different ways of measuring time and discover how to read analogue and digital clocks.

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What's in a year?

You may know of the four seasons. In the southern parts of Australia the year is often divided up into spring, summer, autumn and winter. But what about other parts of Australia? Find out what seasons they have in northern Australia. See how the year is divided into months and shown as a calendar. You'll also see how many ...

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Late again!

Ever missed an appointment because you misread a timetable? Well it is easily done if you don't know how to read 24 hour time. In this clip, see how to read 24 hour time and find out where it is commonly used. Look at the other time system used -12 hour time. Find out what those letters 'am' and 'pm' really mean! Compare ...

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Starting Smart: how can I improve the accuracy of estimation?

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week teaching plan and set of supporting resources for the primary years, focusing on reviewing students' knowledge and skills in measuring and estimating quantities and ordering numbers. Activities assist students to develop their knowledge of standard measurement units and to ...

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Starting Smart: how are measurement units used?

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week primary years teaching plan and set of supporting resources to progress students' understanding of measuring using informal units to make accurate measurements expressed as formal units. Students estimate and measure a variety of attributes including length, area, volume, mass ...

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Measuring time: the 24-hour clock - mathematics activities

This is a photograph of the 24-hour clock at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in England. The 24 hours are marked around the dial in Roman numerals. The image introduces several layers of mathematical and cultural complexity arising from various ways 'time' has been measured and displayed in different cultures. Teachers ...

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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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Astronomical regulator clock - Charles Frodsham, 1865

This is an eight-day astronomical regulator clock made by Charles Frodsham and Co. of London in 1865.

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Languages online: Indonesian section 29: telling the time

This set of 11 interactive activities from the Languages online resource helps students practise saying and writing the time in 12-hour mode. The language points are asking and saying what the time is and at what time something is done with the key language focus being the question 'Jam berapa?'. Pronunciation and writing ...

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Measurement: past and present - years 4 and 5

This is a website providing guided research activities to extend students' knowledge about familiar metric units, their relationships with superseded Australian units and units from Asian cultures. The focus is on units of length, area, volume/capacity, mass and temperature. The resource includes a glossary of units of ...

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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'!

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Small scale measurements

What units of measurements do we use to describe incredibly small things like blood cells and atoms? Watch as you are taken on a journey to explain the different units of measurement that we use to describe the very small.

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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.

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Pointing out proportions of paint

You need to know what proportions of each colour to use if you want to mix paint consistently to the right shade. In this example, a shade of pink is made using red and white. See how to work out what fraction of the paint is white. First, though, make sure your units of measurement are the same.

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School day: analogue

Help Neo get ready for school on Monday morning. Put pictures of how Neo gets to school in the correct sequence. Place clocks showing on the hour times in order and match them to the pictures. Match the time words to the clocks. Watch how Neo gets to school as time passes. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Timetable: music festival challenge: run sheet

Help plan a music festival by scheduling acts. Place each act into a timetable slot that allows for their set-up time, act length and any special needs. This learning object is one in a series of seven objects.

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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 ...