We had some imaginative fun today as a lead in activity for our unit of mass exploring our central idea:
Converting units & using decimals helps us to make sense of the measurement of mass.
This isn't enquiry-based maths. It's a completely teacher directed activity, but the children really enjoyed it and it did help them revisit skills in using decimals as well as giving them a sense of the mass of every day objects so I thought I'd add it this blog.
Here was their scenario:
Objects they could take with them and their masses:
Somewhat worrying for this generation is the question of whether the rocket will have wifi! :P
It was an interesting question though so we did a quick google search of whether the International Space Station had wifi- it does!
But, would wifi work on a rocket travelling at enormously fast speeds through space?
Probably not we figured.
Student sample showing the three methods of adding their decimal masses:
They really enjoyed the challenge that if they went over 5 kilograms, they couldn't go on the journey.
We sat in a circle after and discussed what we thought of this activity:
° It helped me to understand that there are different ways to add decimals.
° I liked estimating on the number line to see if I was getting close to 5 kg as a strategy.
° I found it easier to add the decimal kilograms so that made me realise why we have decimals- they make adding easier for us sometimes.
Thankfully, when we passed our calculations to a partner to check using a calculator, no one had exceeded 5 kg so everyone was able to board their rocket voyage to space- albeit without wifi......