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The Idea of a Unit: 2.0

These 2 activities, part of the Mathematics Developmental Continuum of the State of Victoria, Australia, are intended to introduce young learners to measuring using an iterated informal unit such as a hand span. Teaching suggestions, materials, and progress indicators are included.
Contributed by: State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Introducing Measurement Concepts K-2This collection of resources is intended to help educators introduce measurement concepts to primary grade students. The resources assist in teaching the concepts of units of measurement, recognizing measurable attributes, comparing sizes, and estimating measurements. Videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans are included. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades 3-5.
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade LevelK, 1, 2
Resource TypeActivity, Instructor Guide/Manual, Photograph

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (Australia)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorState of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Publisher
    • Publication Date2009-09-21
    • Rights(c) State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), 2007
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4.5
      hands on
      By Uncle Bob on 10/01/2012 - 11:45
    • This lesson provides good hands on experiences for students just learning to use a non-standard unit for measuring and estimating length.
    • 4.5
      Indicators of Progress
      By Mrs. V on 12/09/2012 - 14:41
    • This is more than a lesson plan. Yes, hands on activities/ experiences are included but also a list of indicators that teachers can use to evaluate student understanding of the concept measurement and of a unit. The illustrations provided are effective in determining where students are in their mathematical thinking and uncovering any misconceptions present.