Age 10/11 Perimeter, Area and Volume- Three Lessons

Three lessons to revise and teach finding the perimeter, area and volume of shapes consisting of:

  1. Understand and finding the perimeter of simple and compound shapes. We look at strategies to find the perimeter, starting from counting centimetres, to doubling and adding, to finding the missing sides and adding/doubling. The lesson can be changed depending on the abilities within a class. It includes a starter with questions aligned to formal assessments.
  2. Understanding and finding the area of simple and compound shapes. We look at strategies to find the area, starting from counting squared centimetres, to multiplying length by width, to finding the missing sides and using the formula. The lesson can be changed depending on the abilities within a class. It includes a starter with questions aligned to formal assessments.
  3. Understanding and finding the volume of cuboids. Firstly, we compare capacity to volume and differentiation is provided for the LA to concentrate on capacity as an alternative to volume. We then look at strategies to find volume, starting from counting cubes to multiplying length by width by height. Investigation activities include finding missing measurements and finding the total number of possibilities for a volume.

Other lessons in the unit are available here. To take part in trialling any resources for free please e-mail enquiries@teachingalive.co.uk.

The lessons are aimed at children at an age 10/11 level (Year 6 in England and Wales).

The lessons’ context revolves around a mission to Mars where we are marooned. We then have to repair a satellite to allow us to communicate with Earth by finding the area and perimeter of holes in the solar panels and finding the correct volume of battery. Seven short animations (from an astronaut’s first-person point of view as he or she travels) are linked to make the lessons come alive (see the Maths animations here). See other lessons linked to the Mars- The Red Planet theme here.

PowerPoints provide structure, modelling, examples and explanation. Optional IT links are provided as well as an optional investigation activity for ability groups.

There are lesson plans which include:

• suggested links to the Welsh, English, Northern Irish, Republic of Ireland and Australian curriculums;
• notes to provide lesson information and context;
• optional pre-lesson preparation;
• starter, main, groups and plenary sections with suggested timings (please change depending on your class);
• sections of the lesson linked to Blooms taxonomy (see www.teachingalive.co.uk for more info.);
• talk time suggestions;
• PowerPoint presentations to support teaching;
• differentiated group activities with extra ideas for early finishers;
• consideration of, and reference to, different learning styles; and
• independent activities that are planned to aim to allow the teacher to support or extend an assessment group within the lesson

We aim to provide detailed and thorough planning, so there will be more information, examples and differentiation in the planning than are needed, and changes may need to be made depending on your class.

For more information on the teaching alive project please visit www.teachingalive.co.uk or e-mail enquiries@teachingalive.co.uk. Any positive or constructive feedback appreciated.

Thankyou,

Team Teaching Alive

P.S.- See pages in PowerPoints for any copyright info.
P.P.S.- PowerPoints and PDFs are read only but there is no problem with any requests for changes (within reason).

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