Mathematics / Year 8 / Measurement and Geometry / Using units of measurement

Curriculum content descriptions

Investigate the relationship between features of circles such as circumference, area, radius and diameter. Use formulas to solve problems involving circumference and area (ACMMG197)

Elaborations
  • investigating the circumference and area of circles with materials or by measuring, to establish an understanding of formulas
  • investigating the area of circles using a square grid or by rearranging a circle divided into sectors
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Area,  Diameter,  Radius,  Circumference

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reSolve: Circumference

This sequence of three lessons explores the properties of circles, in particular the relationship between the diameter and circumference. In the first lesson, students use a cylinder containing three tennis balls to understand that a circumference is 'three and a bit' times the diameter. They then complete five different ...

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reSolve: Area of a circle

This lesson explores the formula for calculating the area of a circle. Students estimate the area of a circle using inscribed and circumscribed squares, and investigate proofs of the area formula. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, materials needed, sample answers, supporting PowerPoint ...

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Mathematics, moon phases, and tides

Through this activity, students will learn the relationship between lunar phases and tides, graphically plotting the tidal range versus Moon phase over an annual cycle for a selected Australian port, as well as determining the mean tidal range for each lunar phase. Students will then focus on determining the relationship ...

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Circles and cylinders: Year 8 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 8 is for the topic of Circles and cylinders. Students recall and revise circumference, radius and diameter from Year 7. They understand the relationships between these measures and can use relevant formulae to solve problems.

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TIMES Module 17: Measurement and Geometry: the circle - teacher guide

This is a 15-page guide for teachers. In the module the formulas for finding the circumference and area of a circle are introduced. The history and significance of the number pi is also included in this module.

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Circles

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that refers to the properties of circles including the circumference and area from the Australian Curriculum for year 8 students. It contains material on finding circumferences and areas of circles, and the areas and perimeters of shapes formed from circles and other ...

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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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Surface area and volume

This is an interactive resource about investigating the surface areas and volumes of rectangular and triangular prisms. The resource can be used in one of two modes. In the Explore mode, the student can vary the height, width and depth of the prism, and the surface area and volume are calculated automatically. In the Compute ...

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BTN: Calculating area using locust plagues

How many locusts in a plague? Find out just how big the threat of locusts can be and how farmers try to prevent the plagues from getting out of control. This clip provides context for a combination of area, area units and rate problems.

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Renovate, Calculate!

A student resource that explores the use of mathematics in the trades. Highly interactive investigations into ratio, areas of special quadrilaterals and right-angled trigonometry.

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MathXplosion, Ep 50: How to use a tetrahedron to solve the tree problem

How can you place four trees exactly the same distance apart from one other? By making a model! By using miniature trees to make a model of the problem, it becomes clear that a 2D solution is impossible. We learn how objects can help us visualise the problem situation, which in this case requires a 3D solution: a tetrahedron.

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Modelling climate changes

There is a saying: 'climate is what you expect and weather is what you get'. |Understanding climate change is very difficult for most people, especially when the weather we experience is different from the information we are given by scientists about the climate changing. The difference is that weather reflects short-term ...

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Maths inside bees and beehives

Bees are necessary for assisting many plants to produce the food we eat, including meat and milk. Colony collapse disorder, which describes the disappearance of beehives, could have catastrophic effects on food production. Australian scientists are applying their maths and science knowledge to build up a picture of a healthy ...

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In a spin

This resource is a web page containing a short task to explore volume of a solid shape. The task involves calculating the volume of the solid formed by rotating a right angled triangle about its hypotenuse A printable resource and solution is also available to support the task. This resource is an activity from the NRICH ...

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Secondary mathematics: using real data

These seven learning activities, which focus on the use of 'real data' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers use the three content strands ...

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TIMES Module 11: Measurement and Geometry: area, volume and surface area - teacher guide

This is a 15-page guide for teachers containing explanations of the derivation of formulas for the areas of parallelograms, trapeziums, rhombuses and kites. Formulas for the volumes and surface areas of prisms and cylinders are obtained. Applications of these formulas are given. A history of the development of these concepts ...

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Area and perimeter: Year 8 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 8 is for the topic of Area and perimeter. Students build on their knowledge of the area and perimeter of rectangles, parallelograms and triangles to rhombi, kites and trapezia. They identify and use the formulae for these to solve problems.

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TIMES Module 10: Measurement and Geometry: introduction to measurement - teacher guide

This is a 16-page guide for teachers. It provides an introduction to the initial ideas of measurement, and introduces the measurement of length, area, volume and time.

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TIMES Module 13: Measurement and Geometry: construction - teacher guide

This is a 30-page guide for teachers that explains the central role of construction and presents examples of constructions.