Volume and capacity by direct comparison and use of informal units

New Zealand Curriculum: Level 2

Learning Progression Frameworks: Measurement Sense, Signpost 2 to Signpost 4

Target students

These activities are intended for students who have experience ordering objects by length and weight using direct comparison. This method of measuring length involves bringing the objects together or ‘hefting’ (placing one object in each hand). 

Students should also know how to apply either counting on or back, or skip counting to find totals in addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication problems.

The following diagnostic questions indicate students’ understanding of, and ability to compare the capacity of containers and the volume of cuboid shaped boxes. Allow access to pencil and paper and to a calculator if students need it. (show diagnostic questions)

Teaching activities