This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a great context for discussing measurement.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?
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?
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
Measure problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Chippy the Robot goes on journeys. How far and in what direction must he travel to get back to his base?
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
N people visit their friends staying N kilometres along the coast. Some walk along the cliff path at N km an hour, the rest go by car. How long is the road?
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move him so that the graph shows a curve?
How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car reaches them after their bus broke down?
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.
Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?
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.
My measurements have got all jumbled up! Swap them around and see if you can find a combination where every measurement is valid.
A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?
This article, written for students, looks at how some measuring units and devices were developed.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Experiment with the interactivity of "rolling" regular polygons, and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects the distance it travels at each stage.
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.
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?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
Experiment with the interactivity of "rolling" regular polygons, and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects its vertical and horizontal movement at each stage.
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.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
From the information you are asked to work out where the picture was taken. Is there too much information? How accurate can your answer be?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?