Measuring Capacity with Informal Units

Measuring Capacity with Informal Units

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This Mathematics unit addresses the concept of measuring, comparing and ordering capacity using informal units.

It consists of 5 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Introduction to Capacity

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will be introduced to and explore the concept of capacity.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Comparing Capacities

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore and compare the capacity of containers.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Measuring, Comparing and Ordering Capacities

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will estimate and measure the capacity of containers using informal units.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Capacity Investigation - Filling the Fish Tank

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will apply their knowledge and understanding of capacity to a real-world situation.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Revision of Capacity

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will revise and consolidate the concept of capacity.

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Lesson 6 (Assessment) 30 minutes

Assessment - Measuring Capacity with Informal Units

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A 30 minute assessment in which students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of capacity.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Mathematics > Year 1 > Measurement and Geometry > Using units of measurement > ACMMG019
Measure and compare the lengths and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal unitsElaborationsunderstanding that in order to compare objects, the unit of measurement must be the same size...

Mathematics > Year 2 > Measurement and Geometry > Using units of measurement > ACMMG037
Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal unitsElaborationscomparing lengths using finger length, hand span or a piece ...


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