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A sample of activities from the unit

Activity #1
Our school mural

Students are informed about the outside mural, based on Aboriginal artwork, which is going to be created for Crawford's 25th anniversary. The students will also be told that the activities for this unit will show them how we use measurement to help create this Aboriginal artwork. The following activities will have this focus in mind.

Whole group: Pose problem to students:
How many pairs of feet, lined up, will fit in a metre?

The teacher will show the students the equipment they will have to solve this problem (metre ruler and paper). Encourage students to record their results.

Group: The students will then work in their already established grouping to solve this problem.

Whole Group: What did you discover?

Participation of all groups is needed for this part of the lesson. In turn each group will report to the rest of the class, showing their working out.

Whole Group: Pose second problem to students:
Using the results you already have, estimate length if all 4K lined up.

Group: The students will then work in their groups to solve this problem, recording their working out.

Whole Group: What did you discover?

Participation of all groups is needed for this part of the lesson. In turn each group will report to the rest of the class, showing their working out.

Individual: Students then record the activity and their findings in their journal.

Activity #2
Will we fit?

Whole Group: Pose problem to students:
On our Aboriginal mural of a snake, we want to put all Crawford's students feet prints on it. How can we make sure that everyone will fit? We are using 170m of pathways.

Teacher documents all ideas on board. Students may need to be redirected to activities already undertaken.

Group: Students will estimate, measure and compare feet from students of other grades.

Whole Group: Teacher records their findings on a table.

Group: Students are then instructed to use this information together with their previous results to work the problem out, recording their workings.

Participation of all groups is needed for this part of the lesson. In turn each group will report to the rest of the class, showing their working out.

Individual: Students then record the activity and their findings in their journal.

Group: Students then construct an artwork using their findings.

Whole Group: What did you discover? Each group reports back to class

Students are then taken outside to where the mural is painted. Each group will be given measuring devices such as trundle wheels and measuring tapes.

Whole Group: Compare actual length of snake with the path length. How accurate were we? What did we discover? Why is there a difference in the length of the snake compared to the path?

Individual: Students then record this in their journals.

Note: See the full unit to view all activities.

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