# MSS1/E3.8

MSS1/E3.8 Choose and use appropriate units and measuring instruments (a) know metric units of length, weight and capacity (b) know which instrument is appropriate for measuring length, weight and capacity of differing magnitude

## The way we weigh

Submitted by David Hills on Thu, 2013-09-12 08:12

#### Level: E2, E3, L1

Functional Skills maths across several levels.
A practical exercise involving estimation (of weight), weighing items and calculating range and mean.

Editor’s note
With detailed Functional Maths mapping

## Units of measure

Submitted by Julie Wheeler on Tue, 2011-09-06 12:05

#### Level: E3, L1

Makes a great revision sheet and is also useful for initial assessment. Covers 13 common metric measures – including mentions of square and cubic units. Each unit is described in a practical down to earth manner – to be matched correctly. Metric abbreviations are also covered.

## Would you rather...?

Submitted by Leia Fee on Sun, 2010-05-02 21:13

#### Level: E3

A super poster / mnemonic to help learners remember the difference between kilo- and milli- . It uses a very small and an extremely large cake as examples!

## Choosing sensible units

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2008-09-16 15:52

#### Level: E3

A great way to explore this often difficult topic. One page each for length, weight and capacity. Decide if the given units for the picture are sensible – if they’re not, suggest what would be!

## Banana smoothie numeracy challenge

Submitted by Tara Preston on Sun, 2008-03-09 15:53

#### Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

Banana smoothie numeracy challenge a hands-on practical task where groups of students must measure ingredients accurately (capacity and weight) and come up with a perfect smoothie recipe to be judged by the teacher. Marks are also awarded for an inventive smoothie name and a well written recipe (optional writing frame included for learners with Entry literacy skills) plus a detailed mark/feedback sheet.

## Practical sessions - weights, lengths, areas, capacities

Submitted by Tim Goldstein on Mon, 2007-10-08 12:31

#### Level: E3, L1

Great, self-contained set of estimating, measuring and calculating activities designed to cover 4 sessions.

## Which is the best unit?

Submitted by Jennifer Williamson on Tue, 2007-06-19 16:18

#### Level: E3

3 page picture worksheet – student selects the best metric unit to measure given object. Covers length, distance, weight and capacity.

## Practical problems with 3D objects

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Tue, 2006-07-25 16:11

#### Level: E3

What can you fit through the letter box and the cat flap? Plus choosing suitable units and naming 3D objects. Great practice for E3 City and Guilds assignments.

## Metric measures handout

Submitted by Margaret Lagoyianni on Wed, 2005-08-10 23:00

#### Level: E3, L1, L2

Illustrated handouts on metric measures with conversion factors and everyday examples of weight, capacity and length. Margaret suggests that it makes a good warm up for Dave Walkden’s Christmas Pudding Activity (see below).

## Weight Lotto

Submitted by Karen Hannah on Mon, 2004-09-06 16:12

#### Level: E3, L1, L2

Several games to play: complete with game tiles and lotto boards. Ideal for for practising converting measures (Levels 1 and 2) and also another game board for selecting appropriate units of measure (Entry 3).

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