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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
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 took.
Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a great context for discussing measurement.
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.
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Measure problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Chippy the Robot goes on journeys. How far and in what direction must he travel to get back to his base?
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.
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 the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move him so that the graph shows a curve?
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.
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?
This article, written for students, looks at how some measuring units and devices were developed.
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
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.
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.
How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car reaches them after their bus broke down?
Use this information to work out whether the front or back wheel of this bicycle gets more wear and tear.
Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.
Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?