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Measurement in Mathematics Book 1

Practical measuring activities for the classroom.

Measurement in Mathematics Book 1 by Jane Bourke
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The phocopiable activities in the Measurement in Mathematics Series allow many valuable practical learning experiences that cover the concepts of length, area, mass, volume and capacity, and time as laid out in documents relating to numeracy strategies required to be implemented by classroom teachers.

This book concurs with current curriculum theories in that it provides activities which follow on from free play investigations. The activities are easy to use, with each concept based on a theme. However, teachers should feel free to complete the book in any order, using the sheets to complement their existing math program. The relevant mathematical concept is specified on each page, should teachers wish to use the work sheets as extension activities to the class program. The appropriate math curriculum Standard for each activity is indicated on the Contents page opposite.

Each concept contains brief teachers’ notes with ideas on how best to use the activities with the class. A list of required materials is included in each section. Many of the activities are designed to be undertaken in groups, preferably with a parent helper. The book is ideally suited to Math Activities Days where small groups rotate around activities according to a roster. For example, the class could be split into groups of six, with one group working on length, one on area, one on mass and so on. Children will begin to recognize the different themes as they complete the activities, such as Larry the Lizard being connected with length.

The book contains: Length: 5 activities Area 6: activities Volume/Capacity: 4 activities Mass: 5 activities Time: 7 activities


Ready-Ed Publications; June 1999
40 pages; ISBN 9781863971782
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Title: Measurement in Mathematics Book 1
Author: Jane Bourke; Rod Jefferson

Teachers' Notes

The concept of length is based around the adventures of Larry the Lizard and his friends. Skills to be developed include: comparing, measuring using arbitrary units, sorting, seriating, alignment and estimating.

Materials required for this section:

  • bottle caps
  • counters
  • pencils
  • straws
  • ice cream sticks
  • crayons
  • colored rods
  • inking cubes
  • erasers
  • scissors
  • marking pens
  • sticky tape
  • blocks (1cm blocks to be used wherever blocks are needed).
  • different sized leaves
  • split pins


Sheet 1: Encourage children to make a pattern when coloring Larry in.
For instance, squares of green, brown and yellow repeated in a pattern.

Sheet 3: Ask children to number the objects in order from longest to shortest. They can
write the number in the space under the graph.

Parent helpers may be useful for the more practical activities.