This article, written for students, looks at how some measuring units and devices were developed.
Nirmala and Riki live 9 kilometres away from the nearest market.
They both want to arrive at the market at exactly noon. What time
should each of them start riding their bikes?
In this version of the story of the hare and the tortoise, the race
is 10 kilometres long. Can you work out how long the hare sleeps
for using the information given?
This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a
great context for discussing measurement.
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
Use your hand span to measure the distance around a tree trunk. If
you ask a friend to try the same thing, how do the answers compare?
Measure problems at primary level that may require determination.
Chippy the Robot goes on journeys. How far and in what direction
must he travel to get back to his base?
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Follow the journey taken by this bird and let us know for how long
and in what direction it must fly to return to its starting point.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could
measure lengths, areas and angles.
Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.
Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about
the relationship between them?
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.
Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then
back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the
information to find out how long each road is on the route she
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just
like the one I have here?
Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
You will need a long strip of paper for this task. Cut it into different lengths. How could you find out how long each piece is?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car
reaches them after their bus broke down?
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length
of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
A paradox is a statement that seems to be both untrue and true at the same time. This article looks at a few examples and challenges you to investigate them for yourself.
Mathematics has allowed us now to measure lots of things about eclipses and so calculate exactly when they will happen, where they can be seen from, and what they will look like.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how
long the race was from the information?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move
him so that the graph shows a curve?
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man
shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
Use this information to work out whether the front or back wheel of
this bicycle gets more wear and tear.
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.