Smoothie Capacity Challenge
Lesson idea. This activity is intended to help young children understand the concept of the capacity of a container being something that can be measured and compared. It is intended that they develop a very practical understanding of this principle as preparation for investigating measuring capacity in both non-standard and standard units.
Teaching approach. This is a practical session to be used with a whole class in small groups(ta) of 2 or 3 –perhaps with the added supervision of a teaching assistant if the class is excitable or particularly young. There is scope within this activity for the following different methods of learning:
- Whole class(ta) dialogue - Discussion of each part of the activity
- Open-ended questions(ta) – How can we find out if the containers hold the same amount? What can we tell just by looking at them?
- Project work – as part of a wider maths topic on measuring volume and capacity.
- Enquiry-based learning(ta) – children are discovering the answer to questions that they are encouraged to pose themselves.
- Arguing and reasoning(ta) – persuading each other about their ideas.
- Exploring ideas – developing practical, physical understanding of key mathematical principles. (edit)
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Contributed by Paul Warwick.