Gosh measurement is a hard unit to teach through online learning! I’ve had to be pretty creative with my Maths group to keep the unit engaging and it’s been hit and miss. In the classroom, we would be able to do more hands on activities with equipment and that means everything from a ruler to metre sticks and trundle wheels. The reality is that my students simply don’t have that equipment at home.
Using the online platform, we are able to ask our students to take a video of themselves measuring an object…but that’s kind of it. They just weren’t really that interested in measuring things in their home.
We explored the units of measurement related to length, completed tasks that asked them to convert units using mm, cm, m and km and some word problems to check their ability to apply a strategy to a problem.
There was one task that really captured their attention, it had a fantastic rate of engagement and it was a task that asked the students to design their own animal sanctuary and to record the area and perimeter of each exhibit. I encouraged most of the group to use rectilinear figures, while some students stuck to a mixture of 2D shapes and rectilinear figures. It was important to do this as some students ,at have spent the whole lesson designing the perfect sanctuary.
How Did My Students Respond?
This really caught my students attention and so many of them put a lot of time and effort into it. I asked them why they enjoyed it and the resounding feedback was that it was; creative, fun, the students like designing and they really didn’t seem too bothered about having to calculate the area and perimeter of each exhibit for those reasons. It reminded me how important it is to ask the students why they are engaging in a task so well and to include it in my future teaching practice.
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