Primary maths: Measurement

Sian Evans
25th January 2018
Colourful rulers to be used during a primary maths lesson on measurement

Help learners calculate length, weight, area and volume with confidence using these hand-picked resources

Grounded in everyday life, measurement is one of the most practical maths topics. Quite simply, it’s time to get the rulers, measuring tapes and scales out for students to learn with. With measuring equipment at the ready, why not take a look at how members of the Tes community are teaching this topic?

Classroom activities

Practice, practice, practice is the best way for your students to get to grips with the key skills. From comprehensive worksheets to challenging investigations, why not add some new resources to your toolkit?

 

KS2 Investigation - Year 5/6 - Area and Perimeter - Carpeting a House - Differentiated

A fully resourced lesson plan for children to apply their skills in calculating the area and perimeter in a real life situation.

Children are presented with a floor plan of carefully proportioned rooms. Within the pack, you will find three differentiated tables for different abilities of children to complete. Each table includes a short list of rooms which are relevant to that ability group. Children calculate the area of carpet and the perimeter of skirting board their rooms require.

Low ability - rectangular rooms
Average ability - rectilinear rooms
High ability - includes triangular areas and 'holes' in the shape

This lesson was originally designed for a Year 5/6 class.
By Miss-Becky

KS2 Area and Perimeter Worksheet including problem solving & money

KS2 area and perimeter worksheet - the first part requires children to calculate the area/perimeter of different fields. The second part of the task focuses on problem solving, requiring children to calculate costs for total perimeter fence needed, how many sheep can fit into the fields and the total cost of the sheep.
By Daniel Ballard

Area of a Triangle Worksheets

This resource has 6 differentiated levels for Year 6 to practise calculating the area of right-angle triangles, irregular triangles and polygons. It is based on question 17 from the 2016 KS2 Reasoning Paper 3 test.

Find more Reasoning Test Practise resources on the Classroom Secrets website.

By ClassroomSecrets

Resources to support practical capacity

This is a set of pictures of various containers, cards with capacities on (to correspond) and questions to prompt learning. It is desiged to be used in conjunction with the real containers and the water tray. There are also some extra questions to get those more able mathematicians really thinking.
By J.M.Powell

Lesson ideas

Break down the basics and explore which unit of measurement to use when with help from these straightforward presentations. Securing this understanding is the starting point of helping learners to convert between units, which can be a challenge for your class.

 

Measurement & converting between units of measure

This PowerPoint covers both these objectives from the new national curriculum.
It is filled with exciting activities, and accompanying worksheets.
It is very simple to teach and is usually well received because of the detail and steps included
Y3 - measure and compare , add and subtract lengths, mass, volume, capacity
Y4 - convert between different units of measure.

All terms are explained to children, and examples are given.
The steps and rules used to convert between units of measurement are very clear.
This includes:
Length: mm, cm, m
Weight: g, kg
and volume: ml, l
By HajerGomri

Units of Measurement

A Bob the Builder type PPT to consolidate units of measurement.
By GARDEN24

Convert between different units of measurement [for example, kilometre to metre]

Please find within this download:

A detailed and engaging PowerPoint, Differentiated (SEN, LA, MA, HA & Mastery) Worksheet with Answer Sheet for a complete lesson on this National Curriculum Statement.

The PowerPoint has the following features:

→ Differentiated starter activity
→ Extremely logical and simplistic explanations with animated examples and pictures to aid learning
→ Discusses key vocabulary with children
→ Shows how to convert between cm, m and km (back and forth)
→ Careful step by step guidance that can be moved forwards and backwards through easily
→ Learning Objective & differentiated success criteria
→ Animated count-down timer
→ Plenary activity to stretch learners knowledge by applying their skills

The Word Document has the following features:

→ Differentiated activities on one sheet from SEN, LA, MA, HA and Mastery Challenge
→ Coloured activity boxes to help you quickly assign tasks to children
→ Learning objective and short date (which automatically updates to the day you open the document)
→ Differentiated success criteria that link with the PowerPoint
→ Answer sheet included for all questions

Explore our other Year 4 Measurement Lessons:

Coming soon!

By PrimaryPros

Outdoor maths activity cards - measuring

An activity card for children to explore measuring length, area and perimeter in the outdoor environment.
By carrie4

Games

Whether you are looking for ways to engage pairs, small groups or the whole-class in one go, there are various ways that these types of fun activities can be used to consolidate understanding and give your learners more confidence.

 

Metric Conversion Bingo Game

Contains bingo cards and 72 question cards which cover conversion between different metric units.

This game is an easily printed and prepared thanks to easy-cut guides. It comes with well-explained rules of play, and makes a great time filler for an entire class or a high quality game for one on one tuition.

This is included in the Bingo Bundle with 4 other activities at a discount price.
By LittleStreams

Area Games Year 5 / 6

Area Printable Games - fun, strategic games of Four in a Row for consolidation and revision of area of rectangles, squares, right-angled triangles and compound / composite shapes. Differentiated 3 ways. Originally designed for Key Stage 2 (KS2) Y5 and Y6 (or P6 / P7 and other equivalents) but it might suit some older groups too.

The boards were originally designed to be printed in A3 and I recommend this so that children have sufficient space to record the area of each 2D shape. Taking turns to go, children use a different coloured whiteboard pen to write the area of a shape in the appropriate box on the grid. If using the same colour as their opponent, they could add their initial to the box.

When someone achieves 4 in a row, answers could be checked using the ANSWER GRIDS, which are included in a separate file, or by using a calculator.

  • One-star version - area of rectangles, squares and right-angled triangles. No conversion required.

  • Two-star version - area of rectangles, squares and right-angled triangles. More challenging calculations. Some conversion required between centimetres, metres etc. Includes decimal lengths and breadths.

  • Three-star version - area of rectangles, squares, right-angled triangles and compound / composite shapes. Some conversion required. Includes decimal lengths and breadths and more challenging calculations. Some of the compound shapes require children to work out the length of a side, using other given sides, before they can work out the area.

Children will be able to do some of the calculations mentally but could use paper or mini whiteboards to work out the more challenging ones before writing in the answer on the grid.

If you find a spare moment I would be very grateful for a review. Many thanks.

You can buy this resource alongside my Area and Perimeter Bingo / Lotto Games in my great value Area and Perimeter Game Pack

I also have lots of other games and activities to add variety and fun to maths, including:

Line Symmetry Board Game and Cards

Angles Race Game

Angles Activity Cards Pack

Scale Drawing Board Game

For engaging, time-saving printables and presentations to help plan Primary Literacy, Maths and French lessons, visit FullShelf Resources

By FullShelf

Length Conversion Snap

Good for a starter or a plenary, these are cut-out and keep grids to use with children to consolidate conversion of lengths through the game of snap. Conversions are between metre and cm, metre and km, mm and cm so are suitable for lower KS2.
By anniueckie

Measures - Scavenger Hunt

Adaptable measures Scavenger Hunt - fun, interactive activity that can be done indoors or outdoors. More fun measure activities @ https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Whitley01
By Whitley01

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