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

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

Level
E2
E3
L1
Maths
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/E3.8
MSS1/E3.6
MSS1/E3.5
MSS1/E2.10
MSS1/E2.9
MSS1/E2.6
HD1/L1.4
MSS1/E2.5
HD1/L1.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

Units of measure

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.

Level
L1
E3
Maths
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/E3.8

Would you rather...?

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!

Level
E3
Maths
MSS1/E3.8

Choosing sensible units

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!

Level
E3
Maths
MSS1/E3.8

Banana smoothie numeracy challenge

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.

Level
E3
L1
Maths
MSS1/E3.6
MSS1/E3.7
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/E3.8
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Practical sessions - weights, lengths, areas, capacities

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

Level
E3
L1
Maths
MSS1/E3.5
MSS1/E3.6
MSS1/E3.7
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/E3.8
MSS1/L1.8
MSS1/L1.9

Which is the best unit?

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

Level
E3
Maths
MSS1/E3.8

Practical problems with 3D objects

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.

Level
E3
Maths
MSS1/E3.8
MSS2/E3.1

Metric measures handout

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).

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/L1.5
MSS1/E3.8
MSS1/E3.4
MSS1/E3.5
MSS1/E3.6
MSS1/E3.7
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/L1.7
MSS1/L2.5

Weight Lotto

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).

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
N2/L1.2
N1/L1.4
MSS1/E3.8
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/L1.7
MSS1/L2.5