Mathematics / Year 3 / Measurement and Geometry / Using units of measurement

Curriculum content descriptions

Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, mass and capacity (ACMMG061)

Elaborations
  • recognising the importance of using common units of measurement
  • recognising and using centimetres and metres, grams and kilograms, and millilitres and litres
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Volume (Dimensions),  Length,  Mass,  Kilograms,  Metres

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reSolve: Measurement - Jump!

In this sequence of two lessons, students investigate how far they can jump and explore the jumping distance of a range of animals. Students first estimate the distance they can jump, then undertake an investigation by jumping using a range of techniques. Class data is recorded and displayed and students compare their jumping ...

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Mixed Up Maths, Ep 2: 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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MoneySmart: The house of needs and wants

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the mathematics, English and science curriculums around planning a school breakfast. The unit was written for year 3 and is intended to take about 12 hours. It consists of 11 student activities supported by teacher notes on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Student activities ...

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Making a large wicking bed

Wicking beds are a fantastic invention, allowing crops to be watered more efficiently. Making a large wicking bed does involve a few steps and some preparation, however the benefits of this extra effort are water conservation, improved plant growth and better crops. The design of the wicking bed also provides opportunities ...

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: Bottle Flipping

This sequence of four lessons explores fractions and statistical reasoning through conducting a series of fair tests to answer the question 'What fraction of a bottle needs to be filled with water to be the best for bottle flipping?'. The lessons focus on building understanding of fractions and collecting, organising and ...

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reSolve: Statistics - Licorice Lines

This sequence of two lessons explores the concept of statistical variation. Students make licorice logs both by hand and by using a Play Doh machine. They record and compare the attributes of both types of licorice by plotting their findings and comparing the shapes of the two plots. Students are then challenged to produce ...

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For the Juniors: Measure ingredients to make a cake

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?

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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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Fill it up

Students establish a mental image of one litre and measure the capacity of everyday containers using litres.

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First steps in mathematics: Measurement – Book 2

A guide to teaching about measurement including indirect measuring, and estimating.

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First steps in mathematics: Measurement – Book 1

The content of this book is organised into topics including understanding units, and direct measuring.

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Measurement: Foundation to Year 9

This comprehensive resource describes the progression of measurement ideas. The resource demonstrates examples of relevant teaching strategies, investigations, activity plans and connected concepts in measurement including teaching and cultural implications.

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How Full Is a Bucket? - Calculate

This team-based game challenges students to use metric units of volume and to make capacity estimates for various containers.

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Metric units and using instruments: Year 3 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 3 is for the topic of Metric units and using instruments. Students develop understanding and use of metric units to estimate, measure, order and compare objects according to their length, mass and capacity.

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Broken ruler

This task can be used to reveal whether students can use markings on a ruler to measure in centimetres and whether they understand how the number on the scale relates to the units.

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Investigating Measurement (Year 3 & 4) - Calculate

The focus of this activity is to find out what students know and understand about length and the metric system.

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Measuring Mass - Calculate

The focus of this activity is to encourage students to measure, order, compare and check the mass of a range of objects using hefting (holding something to test its mass) or formal units of measure.

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Measurement (Measure My Island) - Calculate

This activity allows students to learn about measuring by measuring attributes of irregular shapes. The use of informal units is an important step in order to develop understandings of what it looks like when measuring the attributes of length, perimeter and area.

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Introduction to polygons

Try this tutorial to test your knowledge of polygons (straight-sided shapes).

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For the Juniors: 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.