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Exploring Capacity with 5th and 6th Class Learning Path

By PDST

This learning path, suitable for 5th and 6th class, supports the exploration of Capacity through a series of challenges, tasks and activities
6 resources in this Learning Path

1

Puddles

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resour...s-tv-primary-maths-measures-6044811 Added: 27 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Experiment / Lesson Plan

In this activity, pupils visualise how different amounts of water look
when displaced from containers. This activity will also lead to
visualising actual quantities of liquids, for example “what do we
think 5ml looks like when displaced from the container to the
ground?

5-6 Mathematics

How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Mathematics

Strand: Measures

Strand unit: Capacity

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

• estimate and measure capacity using appropriate metric units
• select and use appropriate instruments of measurement

Suggestions for use: Go to 9:08 in the video. This activity may work best on a flat area of the playground. In pairs, pupils choose a container from a selection of containers where capacity is familiar, and fill with water (for example milk jugs, yogurt tubs, empty drinks bottles). They need to think carefully about the size of the puddle they predict the water will make once it is poured onto the playground. Encourage the pupils to give reasons for their estimations. Pupils then draw a chalk circle on the playground to record their estimation of the containers’ puddle size. Pupils investigate their estimate by pouring the water out of their chosen container, into their chalk circle, and compare the size of the puddle drawn with the actual puddle made (hence the flat ground; a good discussion point with the pupils). Tip: Use a large tub / baby’s bath tub with water to create a central location for the water). Use teacher questioning to activate pupils’ prior knowledge of estimation, capacity and volume.

Asset type: Video
Language: English
Special Needs:

2

Magic Potions!

http://www.australiancurriculumless...ing-volume-and-capacity-lesson-234/ Added: 27 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Game / Experiment / Lesson Plan

Students will pretend to be Witch’s and Wizards and will invent a magic potion. They have strict instructions from the head witch aka Teacher, that their potion can only be 600 millilitres. They must think of 6 different ingredients to put into their potion. Unfortunately, if one of those ingredients is 100 millilitres the potion will explode. If they use more than 6 ingredients or if their ingredients don’t add to 600 millilitres the potion will also explode. A great lesson to engage students in measuring capacity.

5-6 Mathematics

How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Mathematics

Strand: Measures

Strand unit: Capacity

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

• estimate and measure capacity using appropriate metric units
• rename measures of capacity
• select and use appropriate instruments of measurement
Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Special Needs:

3

Senior Brainteaser - Two Jug Puzzle

Document on a Senior Brainteaser - Pigs and Ducks. Recommended by PDST Numeracy Team for Maths Week Daily Brainteaser Challenge. Answers can be submitted via @PDSTNumeracy @ScoilnetPrimary. Students will need to rename units of capacity in litre and millilitres and decimal or fraction form.

3-4 5-6 Mathematics

How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
Mathematics

Strand: Measures

Strand unit: Capacity

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

• rename units of capacity using decimal and fraction form

Suggestions for use: Teachers can use the document as a guide to carrying out the brainteaser with their class for maths week.

Strand: Measures

Strand unit: Capacity

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

• estimate and measure capacity using appropriate metric units
• rename measures of capacity

Suggestions for use: Teachers can use the document as a guide to carrying out the brainteaser with their class for maths week.

Asset type:
Language: English
Special Needs:

4

Bath Time

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/32288/32030.pdf Added: 27 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Game / Lesson Plan / Activity

This activity uses the story of somebody’s bath to introduce the graphs of the maths world. Through guided discussion elicit from pupils the factors that cause the depth of water to change.

5-6 Mathematics

How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Mathematics

Strand: Measures

Strand unit: Capacity

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

• estimate and measure capacity using appropriate metric units
Asset type: Document
Language: English
Special Needs:

5

Rainbow Jelly

https://nzmaths.co.nz/resource/rainbow-jelly Added: 27 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Lesson Plan

In this unit students work with teaspoons, tablespoons and fractions of a cup to make their own rainbow jelly, converting between units of volume as required.

5-6 Mathematics

How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Mathematics

Strand: Measures

Strand unit: Capacity

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

• estimate and measure capacity using appropriate metric units
• find the volume of a cuboid experimentally
• rename measures of capacity
• select and use appropriate instruments of measurement
Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Special Needs:

6

Cuboid Challenge

https://nrich.maths.org/6399 Added: 27 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Lesson Plan

This problem is a great example of a "low threshold high ceiling" task that can be approached in different ways. As well as having an opportunity to practise visualising, 2D representations of 3D shapes, and volume calculations, students can be introduced to the idea of finding an optimal solution

5-6 Mathematics

How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Mathematics

Strand: Measures

Strand unit: Capacity

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

• find the volume of a cuboid experimentally
• select and use appropriate instruments of measurement
Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Special Needs:

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