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Year 5/6 Lesson on Capacity

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by William94, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Hello,
    I have an interview for a new job and I have been asked to teach a Year 5/6 lesson on capacity.

    Has anyone got any ideas for a practical lesson about capacity that also challenges the uppers who are expected Level 5b?
     
  2. Hello,
    I have an interview for a new job and I have been asked to teach a Year 5/6 lesson on capacity.

    Has anyone got any ideas for a practical lesson about capacity that also challenges the uppers who are expected Level 5b?
     
  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    filling a variety of things with water/sand. Using measuring jugs/tubes to assess the capacity. colouring the water makes it easier to read the scale.
    Volume is already high level, reading the measuring scales is tough enough for many. Cylindrical shapes take the maths further.
    Compare the litres/ml measured to the capacity in cubic cm.
    Even if you leave off the water/sand capacity activity this still gives plenty to stretch all pupils.
    You could just investigate how to measure the capacity/volume of a simple cuboid, then look at a cylinder that fits exactly inside the cuboid. so they need to come up with an estimated value for pi. look at the circle as four small squares, each with side length of the radius.
     

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