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Week 6 - 18.05.20


Please remember to send us any pictures of your home learning this week - it really makes us teachers very happy to see what you've been getting up to and seeing how well you have been rising to the challenge, just like Geoffrey the Giraffe smiley


Today we are going to be measuring the length/height of different items that you find around your house/garden. Remember that length and height or two different things - look at the images below for clarification (for example, the image of the giraffe represents how to measure height and the image of the snake shows the measurement of length). 

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What sort of language/vocabulary might we use to discuss the length/height of something? 


Well done! We might say that something is tall/taller/tallest or long/longer/longest. You might also say that something is short/shorter/shorter


Now, can you think of what we can use to help us to measure the length/height of different objects? What equipment could we use to help us? The images below might give you a few ideas...

Tools for measuring length/height

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Today we are going to be using non-standard units of measure to measure items that you find around your house. Non-standard units can be any object that you can find and in school we would usually use the multi-link cubes - however, each item must be the same e.g. you couldn't use a toy car and then a pencil to help you to measure an item, you would nee to use all toy cars or all pencils, in order to measure something accurately.


Tips for measuring using non-standard units: 

  1. Start at one end of the object you are measuring and make sure that it is exactly in line with the end of the object- we must be very careful and accurate. 
  2. Make sure that each of your non-standard units of measurement are touching one another, but not overlapping.
  3. If the object that you are measuring is bigger than a set amount (i.e. 9) but it is not as big as 10, then you should round up the bigger number (i.e. 10). 


Have a go at measuring some items that you find around the house/garden. Be as adventurous as you can be but make sure that your non-standard units of measure are the same so that you can measure accurately. 


See Miss Fountain's video below for further clarification...

Measuring using non-standard units...

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Today we are going to continue to measure using non-standard units, but before we measure we are going to have a go at estimating the length/height of the different objects. 

Can you remember what 'estimating' means? What do you have to do if you are estimating? 


Well done! When we are estimating we're having a good guess. We're not expecting our answer to be correct but we want it to be close. 


Choose 5 different objects from around your house/garden to estimate the length/height of and then to measure. Remember that you are still using your non-standard units today - remind yourself how to measure accurately using non-standard units by looking again at Monday's learning tips.

You might want to set your work out like this...

You might want to set your work out like this... 1


Today we are going to be measuring using standard units, which means that we are going to be measuring objects using centimetres (cm). To measure in cm's we need to use a ruler.


Hopefully you will have collected a stationery pack from school that contains a ruler so that you can complete this activity, but if not there is a game linked below that you can use to measure items using cm's. If you want to challenge yourself today, maybe you could have a go at both activities. 


Tips for measuring using a ruler: 

  1. Start by measuring from one end of the object.
  2. Make sure that you are using the correct side of the ruler - we should be measuring in cm and not mm, so look very closely at your ruler. 
  3. Make sure that the object starts at the '0' on your ruler and not at the end of the ruler itself, as this will not allow you to measure accurately. 
  4. Read all the way along the ruler, until the object that you are measuring comes to an end. You should then look at the number that the end of the object goes up to to decide how tall/long it is. 


Choose some objects from around your house to measure using your ruler. Try to choose a variety of objects to make it fun. If you haven't got a ruler, or you have completed the task above and want another activity, have a go at the game that is linked below. How many answers can you get right? Can you challenge yourself to beat your record? 


Challenge - Can you use this sentence stem to describe each of your measurements?

 "The __________ is ___________cm tall/long." 

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Log onto MyMaths and complete the 'Comparing length' lesson that has been assigned. Then have a go at completing the online homework. 

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Today we are going to be comparing the length/height of different objects. This will be an oracy (discussion) based session and we would like you to have a go at using the sentence stems below to help you to compare the different items that you choose. 


Firstly, you need to collect a variety of resources to compare - you should only compare two at a time. For example, you might choose to compare the height of a pencil with the height of a bottle of water. If you would like to, you can measure the items (using standard or non-standard units of measure) to help you to make your comparisons, or you can simply stand the items next to one another and describe the difference in length/height - if the difference is only small, measuring with a ruler or non-standard units might help to increase the accuracy of your discussions. 


Use these sentence stems to support your discussion: 

"The _________ is taller than the _________."

"The _________ is shorter than the _________."

"The _________ is longer than the _________."

"The _________ is the same length/height as the_________."

"I know that the ________ is taller than the __________ because __________."

​​​​​​​"I know that the ________ is longer than the __________ because __________."

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"I know that the ________ is shorter than the __________ because __________."


Challenge - can you put all of the objects you have been comparing in order from shortest to tallest or longest to shortest?