Three Bears Measure

Three Bears Measure

This series of lessons is most suitable for younger children in this age band - although there are opportunities for extending up. It is a fun, practical unit! Using the story book of 'The Three Bears' as a stimulus, pupils carry out a range of measuring and recording activities, using comparative language and being introduced to units of measure. Several interactive activities based on the Three Bears story are used as starting points for different types of measuring (length, width, volume). In all lessons, emphasis is placed on mathematical language and skills. 

  • Lesson 1

    Lesson 1 LESSON +

    Pupils share an interactive storybook of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, focusing on comparative language. They then use comparative language to compare clothes for the three bears. Pupils participate in practical activities involving comparing and measuring height and length.

    • 4 Activities
    • 3 Documents
  • Lesson 2

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    Pupils use comparative language to choose and compare clothes for the three bears. Pupils measure each other's heads, choosing the unit of measurement and recording it, in order to make a headband.

    • 2 Documents
    • 1 Activity
  • Lesson 3

    Lesson 3 LESSON +

    Pupils use non-standard or standard units to measure a bed for a teddy bear. The pupils will choose their own unit of measure and evaluate it using comparative vocabulary. The teacher addresses potential misconceptions about the uniformity of units of measure.

    • 2 Documents
    • 1 Activity
  • Lesson 4

    Lesson 4 LESSON +

    Pupils develop their understanding of capacity by using IWB activities to choose and fill containers. They will take part in a practical investigation, using non-standard and standard units, to measure a variety of containers’ capacity. Pupils will have the opportunity to estimate and test their predictions.

    • 6 Activities
    • 2 Documents
  • Lesson 5

    Lesson 5 LESSON +

    Pupils compare the weight of different animals using comparative language such as ‘heavy/light’ and ‘heavier/lighter’. They will participate in IWB and practical activities to develop and explore mass. The more able or older pupils will compare animals using standard units such as grams and kilograms.

    • 4 Activities
    • 4 Documents