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Making Benchmarks - Volume

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level Three

In this unit we will explore the idea of having Benchmarks of 1 litre and ½ litre or 500 millilitres, to aid in estimating the volume of given objects.

Party Volumes

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level Two

In this unit students build on previous experiences with litres and millilitres. Work is carried out in the context of planning a party with students measuring volumes accurately as part of the planning process. It is suggested this unit follows the units Popcorn and How Much Cereal? which involve students working with litres, half litres and cups.

How Much Cereal?

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level Two

In this unit students consolidate their knowledge of volume by using kitchen measuring cups in a variety of measuring tasks. A stations approach is employed with all the tasks based around the theme of cereal.

Popcorn

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level Two

This unit is made of a number of popcorn investigations, which provide both a purposeful and enjoyable measuring context. The focus of the unit is introducing the students to the need for a standard unit for measuring volume.

Dino Cylinders

  • Units of Work
  • Number and Algebra
  • Level One

In this unit the students use small plastic dinosaurs as the unit with which to measure the capacity of containers.  They discover that a number of different shaped containers can contain the same number of dinosaurs.  This unit gives many opportunities for students to develop their counting strategies as they count and compare the capacity of the containers as measured by dinosaurs.

Spoonfuls, Cupfuls and Handfuls

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit we explore the use of non-standard units for measuring volume. We use bottles, cups, spoons and cubes to measure the volumes of objects. The unit is set out as a "stations" week, with five related but not linked activities.

The Three Bears

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This week we compare the volumes of containers using the context of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Tricky Bags

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit comprises 5 stations, which involve the students developing an awareness of the attributes of volume and mass. The focus is on the development of the language of measurement.

The stations may be taken as whole class activities or they may be set up as "centres" for the students to use. We expect that many 5 year-olds will already be aware of the attributes of volume and mass. For them these may be useful maintenance activities.

Russian Boxes

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level Five

In this unit a number of small boxes are produced (by folding), that fit inside one another like Russian dolls. Lengths are measured and areas and volumes are calculated in order to make scale comparisons.

Scale Factors for Areas and Volumes

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level Five

This unit provides students with the opportunity to discover the effect of a change of length by a given factor on area and volume.


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