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GM1-1: Order and compare objects or events by length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), turn (angle), temperature, and time by direct comparison and/or counting whole numbers of units.

Elaboration on this Achievement Objective: 

This means students will go through a stage of using direct comparison to establish the relative length, area, volume, weight and temperature of objects. This means that the objects are brought together physically. Through experiences using direct comparison techniques students will come to appreciate the need for units of measure so that objects can be compared without bringing them together. Units have the attribute being measured, have to be the same size and are combined and counted. For example handspans can be used to compare the length of a table and the height of a door. Students are expected to apply their number strategies to count these units. Students are expected to explore turns (angles) through bodily movement and time through comparing durations of events.

 

Teaching resources for this Achievement Objective:

Worms and more

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit comprises 5 stations, which involve the students in developing an awareness of the attributes of length and area. The focus is on the development of appropriate measuring language for length and area. 

Turns

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit we look at the beginning of the concept of angle. As students come to understand quarter and half turns, they also begin to see that ‘angle’ is something involving ‘an amount of turn’. These ideas are explored by using students’ bodies, toys, games and art.

Time Capsule

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit we take measurements of ourselves which we store in a time capsule to open and use later in the year.

Taller/Wider/longer

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit encourages students to use measurement language and counting to compare the attributes of length, width or height of objects in a variety of game situations. The transition from counting all to advanced counting is also supported.

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 Three Bears

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit we compare the volumes of containers using the context of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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.

Counting on Measurement

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit is based around a series of activities in which students explore aspects of measurement using non standard units to answer a 'how many' question. They make predictions and work in pairs over 4 to 5 sessions.

Birthday Party

  • Units of Work
  • Number and Algebra
  • Level One

In this unit students help plan a party for Q-Bear and think about some of the different ways people celebrate their birthdays.

Large Animals, Small Animals

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit students estimate the sizes of common farm animals and draw life-size diagrams of these animals. They also use non-standard measurement units to check their estimations and design appropriate shelter for some of these animals.

Trains

  • Problem solving activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One
Compare two lengths (either directly or by calculation)
Devise and use problem solving strategies to explore situations mathematically

Visiting Grandma

  • Problem solving activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One
Use a calendar to tell days of the week
Devise and use problem solving strategies to explore situations mathematically

PSTV

  • Problem solving activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One
Read time in half-hours
State that there are 2 half-hours in an hour
Count in 2s to 8.
Devise and use problem solving strategies to explore situations mathematically

The Gingerbread Man

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit students use the traditional tale of the gingerbread man as a context for ordering and comparing lengths. A “sessions” approach is used, with five related but not sequential activities.

Teddy Bears and Friends

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit we compare the lengths of the students’ favourite soft toys directly and then indirectly using multi-link cubes.

Prints and Outlines

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit provides opportunities for students to order and compare objects according to their area.

The Great Cover Up!

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit begins by having students use their bodies to measure the area of different shapes drawn on the floor. A further understanding of area is developed through the use of beans, counters and blocks to measure the area of objects in the classroom.

Seesaws

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit comprises 5 stations, which involve the students comparing the weight of two or more objects.

 

Measuring Beads

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In this unit we compare the weight of the students’ favourite soft toys directly, and then indirectly, using beads. Although the technically correct term to use is mass, the term weight is used here.

Passing Time

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In these five activities the students explore sequences of time and the concept of faster and slower. These are teacher-led, whole class activities.

How long now?

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

In these five activities the students compare the duration of events, learn the order of months and read the time to the hour and half-hour

I'm Freezing

  • Units of Work
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This unit comprises 5 stations, which involve the students developing an awareness of the attributes of temperature The focus is on the development of language for describing temperature.

 

Guess How Much I Love You?

  • Picture book activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This is an activity based on the picture book Guess How Much I Love You?

Twice My Size

  • Picture book activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This is an activity based on the picture book Twice My Size

Dino Cylinders

  • Units of Work
  • Number and Algebra
  • Level One

In this unit the students use a small plastic dinosaur as the unit with which to measure the capacity of containers.  They apply their counting strategies and discover that a number of different shaped containers can contain the same number of dinosaurs.  

Ernest

  • Picture book activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This is an activity based on the picture book Ernest.

Good Morning, Good Night

  • Picture book activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

This is an activity based on the picture book Good Morning, Good Night

Play dough

  • Units of Work
  • Number and Algebra
  • Level One

In this unit students develop number, measurement and shape understanding, skills and language, through making and working with play dough.

Handy feet

  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

The purpose of this activity is to engage students in comparing lengths of different objects.

I want the big glass

  • Rich learning activities
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Level One

The purpose of this activity is to engage students in estimating and comparing the capacity of objects with different dimensions.