Teachers’ notes: Measure Island

Aims:

  1. to provide practice measuring lengths, weights and volumes
  2. to teach the selection of appropriate measuring tools and units for a variety of tasks
  3. to learn about metric units and those Imperial units which are still commonly used in the UK
  4. to help students to develop a sense of scale – how much is 1g, 100ml, 1m, 1kg etc
  5. to teach this topic in a fun way!

The Activities:

The activities require Flash Player. They are reached either via an introduction page or a treasure map, or they can be linked to directly (the site map has a full list of pages). If you prefer to download this resource, that’s fine, you will find a list of all the available files on the downloads page. (If you do decide to download the files, make sure you save them all in the same folder, or the links won’t work!)

The challenges are all simple games with some rewards for completion:

  1. a pathetic prize eg a bad joke, or a printable prize
  2. a printable certificate which states what they have done – good evidence for exercise books if that’s an issue at your school.
  3. a letter from the Measure Island password. The complete password is needed to access the final challenge (which isn’t actually online yet – sorry.)

I wanted to allow for maximum flexibility for teachers and students using these resources, so it is possible to dip in and out of the activities. There are no restrictions on the order in which they are completed, students can complete as much (or as little) as you like.

  1. The Ruler of the Island – Practice using a virtual ruler/tape to measure lengths [the online resources are here] [teacher notes are here]
  2. Marvo’s Marvellous Measures – Work with metric & Imperial units of volume [the online resources are here] [teacher notes are here]

Not everything is online yet, this is a big project! More links will appear as I complete more sections.

Measure Island (including the source code) by Lois Lindemann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

 

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