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Adapted from NZ Maths unit Making benchmarks
Adaptions for ESOL students: Christine Jones
|Duration: 1 week|
Measurement, Level 2:
Students will be able to:
Language learning focus
Focus on building vocabulary and mathematical literacy
Children need to be able to see the need to move from using non standard measures of length to standard measures of length. The motivation for this will arise out of students comparing differences in the length of their hand spans etc. From this the need for standard measurement will become evident.
Students also need to develop personal benchmarks with which to measure various objects in their daily lives. Their personal benchmarks need to gradually relate more to standard measures such as metres.
The ultimate aim is for students to be able to choose appropriately from a range of strategies including estimation, knowledge of benchmarks, and knowledge of standards measures in order approach various measuring tasks with confidence and accuracy.
This week at school we are learning to estimate the size of a metre. Ask your child to identify and record the items in your home that they estimate to be around 1 metre in length. Then encourage children to use their personal benchmark to check and see if it is indeed around 1 metre in length.
Some links from the Figure It Out series which you may find useful are: