Stage 1 -measurement – volume

Students need experience in filling containers both with continuous material (e.g. water) and with discrete objects (for example,  marbles). The use of continuous material leads to measurement using the unit’s litre and millilitre in later stages. The use of blocks leads to measurement using the units’ cubic metre and cubic centimetre.

Strategy

Students can:

  • count the number of informal units in a prism
  • visualise the hidden units in a pictorial display

Activities to support the strategy

Activity 1

Using concrete materials (blocks), students build three-dimensional structures such as these below.

A                                                   B

Ask students

  • How many blocks were used to produce these objects?
  • How many blocks are missing from diagram B?

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Ask students to state the number of cubes that cannot be seen in each stack.

References

Australian curriculum

ACMMG037: Compare and order several objects based on volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units

NSW syllabus

MA1-11MG: Measures, records, compares and estimates volumes and capacities using uniform informal units

NSW numeracy continuum

Aspect 7: Unit structure of length, area and volume - Multiple units.

Teacher resources

Student resources

  • Studyladder - counting the number of cubes in a stack (Building Blocks)
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