Measuring Mass with Informal Units Unit Plan

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Measuring Mass with Informal Units Unit Plan

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5 x Lessons | Suitable for Grade: 2

This Mathematics unit addresses the concept of measuring, comparing and ordering mass 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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To explore the concept of mass by comparing and ordering objects.
  • To create a set of balance scales for measuring and comparing the masses of objects.
  • To develop the concept of mass by comparing and ordering the masses of objects.
  • To apply knowledge and understanding of mass to a real-world context.
  • To revise and consolidate the concept of mass.

Prior to commencing the unit, create a measurement display in your classroom. Display teaching resources in the classroom that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Mass collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Introduction to Mass

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the concept of mass by comparing and ordering objects.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Using Balance Scales

A 60 minute lesson in which students will create a set of balance scales for measuring and comparing the masses of objects.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Comparing and Ordering Mass

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop the concept of mass by comparing and ordering the masses of objects.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Mass Investigation - How Heavy Are the Objects in Your Classroom?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will apply knowledge and understanding of mass to a real-world context.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Revision of Mass

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

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30 minutes
Lesson 6 (Assessment)

Assessment - Measuring Mass with Informal Units

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

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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