- to show students how to use a ruler accurately
- to provide practice measuring lengths in mm, cm and m
- to teach this topic in a fun way!
The activities require Flash Player.
These activities were developed in response to frequent comments from teachers of other subjects – particularly technology, science and PE – that students could not measure lengths accurately. I have focused on using a ruler or tape measure using metric units. Eventually there will be six activities, not all are online yet.
- The Flea Circus: Students practise using a virtual ruler to measure lengths in mm. They have to drag a ruler into position (but they don’t need to rotate it) and measure the length of a line. Accuracy of ±2mm is allowed (this is reasonable in the context and the same as in UK exams). There are 10 questions, the first five use a ruler marked in mm; the next five use a ruler marked in cm – but the answers must be in mm.
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.
There is a list of all the available files on the downloads page for this resource.