Our Measurement system today uses the metric measurements of the SI system, developed in France over 200 years ago (SI stands for Systeme International d’Unites).
Measurement is a major strand of the Primary Mathematics curriculum in all countries across the world. This section of the Maths Matters Resources website contains links to every Measurement sub-strand. You’ll find a huge collection of K – 6 targeted classroom activities, maths photographs and maths graphics. All the classroom activities are sorted into 3 age groups for easy access in your lesson planning: Grades F/1/2 (5 – 7 year old students), Grades 3/4 (8 – 9 year old students) and Grades 5/6/7 (10 – 12 year old students).
Which Measurement sub-strand are you planning to teach? Are you looking for maths activities, maths photographs or maths graphics? Or all three? Just click on the most suitable pink button. If you want to go back to this page just click on the green Measurement part of the coloured bar above the picture.
We use a variety of informal, then standard and derived units to quantify length, area, mass, volume & capacity and time. The smaller the unit the more precise the measurement. And estimation is as important a skill as actually being able to measure accurately.
Proportional reasoning helps us to better estimate measurements in our daily life. We use proportional reasoning when we estimate how much paint we need to re-coat the walls of our dining room or to estimate how much rope we need to buy to put up a clothesline.