Measurement Lesson Plans

How to teach Measurement using Mangahigh - solving lengths in shapes

Get your students engaged in shape properties using Mangahigh’s math game Pyramid Panic. Students start by working with lengths in rectangles and triangles, solving geometric puzzles to escape the pyramid.

Lesson idea for teaching perimeter and area

Example of blended learning lesson

55 mins
• Play through the first 5 questions of ‘Pyramid Panic’ with the whole class on the whiteboard. This will introduce them to the basic principles of the game. Challenge the students to predict the outcome of each move in advance.
• Set two ‘Pyramid Panic’ activities to your class called ‘Rectangles: length - Pyramid Panic’ and ‘Triangles: length - Pyramid Panic’. Move through the class offering help where needed and challenge students to explain their choices. Use your Mangahigh analytics platform to check progress and support struggling students.
• What have they learnt about lengths in shapes? What type of questions have they seen? How would they answer a lengths question?
• Students return to the ‘Pyramid Panic’ activities. For the most able, set an additional activity 'Triangles: length (advanced) - Pyramid Panic'. Use your Mangahigh analytics platform to identify any students who have struggled with the first activity ‘Rectangles: length - Pyramid Panic’ and support them or encourage them to work with their peers
• Draw these rectilinear shapes on the board and ask them to write down the length of each of the sides and then the perimeter.

How to teach Measurement using Mangahigh - use calendars and dates

Introduce your students to calendars and dates through the use of Mangahigh’s adaptive quiz ‘Use calendars and dates’. Students will start with ‘Easy’ questions to help introduce new ideas and then move onto ‘Medium’ questions with some scaffolded support. Students then progress onto ‘Hard’ questions that really test their understanding, and the most able will move on to ‘Extreme’ questions that will challenge even the brightest students.

Lesson idea for teaching using calendars and dates

Example of blended learning lesson

55 mins
• On the whiteboard show a calendar for the current month, ask the students if anyone has a birthday in this month and add it to the calendar. Discuss how many days you are to or from the students birthdays and how many days difference there are between two students birthdays.
• Set the Mangahigh activity ‘Use calendars and dates’. Each time students play through the activity they will answer 10 questions. Encourage students to make at least three attempts, i.e. attempt at least 30 questions. Students will receive a bronze medal award and thus demonstrate they have a secure understanding if they can prove their competency at the hard questions. The most able students might achieve a silver or gold medal by answering extreme questions. Move through the class offering help where needed and challenge students to explain their solutions. Use your Mangahigh analytics platform to check progress and support struggling students.
• Play through the activity ‘Use calendars and dates’ from your Mangahigh teacher platform on the whiteboard with the whole class. Challenge students to explain their solutions.
• Students return to ‘Use calendars and dates’. For the most able, set an additional activity ‘Measure time’. Use your Mangahigh analytics platform to identify any students who have struggled with the first activity ‘Use calendars and dates’ and support them or encourage them to work with their peers.
• Write the following questions for students to attempt:

1. If Joe’s birthday is in 7 days and today is Monday 3rd April what day is Joe’s birthday and which day of the week is it on?
2. 5 days ago I ordered a parcel (Tuesday 8th May) the delivery time is up to 10 days, from today what is the longest I’ll have to wait for my parcel and what is the latest date (day and number) it will arrive?
3. Mary is exactly 1 year and 3 days older than Jane, Mary was born on a Tuesday 19th October 2002, when was Jane born?

Selection of measurement activities

Curriculum-aligned activities

• Measure time

Read time to the nearest minute; use am, pm and 12-hour clock notation; choose units of time to measure time intervals; calculate time intervals from clocks and timetables. Use units of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days) and know the relationships between them.

• Choose and estimate measures

Recognize the need for standard units of length, mass and capacity, choose which ones are suitable for a task, and use them to make sensible estimates in everyday situations.

• Volume by Counting Cubes

Understand that volume means the number of cubes of a specific size. Count cubes or parts of cubes to find the volume, either exactly or as an estimate.

• Speed, distance and time calculations

Solve problems involving speed, distance and time with the formula 'speed = distance/time' and aid of a calculator. Know the units of speed can be written in two ways (e.g. m/s and ms^-1). Solve problems involving the conversion of units e.g. expressing 1 hr 25 min as a decimal number of hours. Also solve problems without a calculator using ratio to change the question into the required solution e.g. 10m in 10 sec into a speed in km/hr.

• Estimate the Area of Shapes

Estimate the area of an irregular shape by counting squares.

• Metric units

Use and change between Metric units:- know mg, g, kg, tonnes, mm, cm, m, km, ml, cl, litres. Use and change between metric units of capacity and volume (i.e. cubic cm and ml). Know when certain measures are appropriate.

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