Learning objects The Metrix: comet: decimals

TLF ID L8148

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 particles with a mass of 10 g, select the equivalent collector in kilograms.) Race to beat two other spacecraft to collect the riches in the comet's tail. This learning object is the fourth in a series of six learning objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students apply knowledge of relationships in metric measurement by converting between units of mass, length and capacity.
  • Students interpret terminology for mass, length and capacity to solve problems.
Educational value
  • Provides opportunities for students to practise conversions of mass, length and capacity units involving decimal calculations.
  • Presents metric tables that show the relationships between units, and highlight decimal place value concepts.
  • Provides feedback that supports the development of strategies for conversion between units.
  • Encourages repeated use by providing three random sets of tasks.
Year level

6

Learning area
  • mathematics
Strand
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Multiple choice questions

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Script writer
    • Name: Michael Wagner
    • Organisation: Godwin + Wagner
    • Address: Box Hill South VIC 3128 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Jenni Way
    • Address: Springwood NSW 2777 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 May 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Paul White
    • Address: Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256kb/s or faster.
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2014, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.