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Listed under:  Mathematics  >  Measurement  >  Systems of measurement
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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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Metric Motoring, 1974: What you need to know

This clip shows a television advertisement to explain the numerical conversions required to understand the new road signs being introduced as part of Australia's change from imperial measures to the metric system. The advertisement uses simple black-and-white graphics and a voice-over. The final image reminds the viewer ...

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Standard weight - Troy Pound, 1844

This is a Standard Troy Pound, Parliamentary Copy No. 29 of the British Standard Pound of 1844.

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Standard yard, Troughton and Simms, c1856

This is a Standard Yard made by Troughton and Simms of London circa 1856. It consists of a bronze bar in a wooden case. The yard is measured between fine lines marked on a gold pin in the well at each end of the bar. It is 113 cm long, 10 cm high and 8 cm wide.

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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: 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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Primary Connections: Bend it! Stretch it!

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on how everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways including bending and stretching. Students explore ways that every day materials and objects can be changed, they experiment with bending and folding, stretching and scrunching, wetting and drying out. They ...

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Primary Connections: Dinosaurs and more

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the relationships between form and function for living things, using the context of prehistoric animals. Students explore the skeletons and external features of prehistoric and modern animals and relate this to where they lived, they then examine teeth and identify how this ...

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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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The Metrix: comet

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on a mission to collect valuable minerals from the dust of a comet's tail. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions. The decisions you make will impact the success of the mission. (For example, to ensure a successful launch, select the ...

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The Metrix: new planet

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on its mission to a new planet. Use the metric measurement tables for length, volume and area to help you make decisions about the spacecraft’s launch, flight and landing. For example, to select and load the correct ship’s cargo, convert three cubic metres into cubic centimetres. Reach the ...

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The Metrix: asteroid

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on a mission to save Earth from an asteroid collision. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and volume to help you make unit conversions. Some of these will involve rates, such as speed and frequency. (For example, to ensure a successful launch, select the rate of concentration ...

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The Metrix: comet: decimals

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on a mission to collect valuable minerals from the dust of a comet's tail. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. The decisions you make will impact the success of the mission. (For example, to capture mineral ...

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The Metrix: new planet: decimals

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on its mission to a new planet. Use the metric measurement tables for length, area and volume, plus your knowledge of decimal numbers, to help you make decisions about the spacecraft's launch, flight and landing. (For example, convert 350 cm2 to m2 to select a solar panel to replace the one ...

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The Metrix: asteroid: decimals

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on its mission to save Earth from an asteroid collision. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and volume to help you make metric unit conversions involving decimal numbers. Some of these will involve rates, such as speed and frequency. (For example, to blow up the asteroid, find ...