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reSolve: Authentic Problems: Target Ball

This sequence of four lessons explores the relationship between an informal unit of measure and what is being measured using the context of designing a game of 'Target Ball'. Students work in groups to collect data on how far their chosen ball rolls, using a cut-out foot as an informal unit of measure. They represent and interpret their data and then work towards using formal units to make their game 'fair'. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, materials needed, sample answers, discussion points and student resources. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry special topic 'Authentic Problems'.

Year level(s) Year 1
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Mathematics investigation
Keywords data representation, length, positive integers, informal units

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Number, Measurement, Statistics, Build understanding, Apply understanding
Topics Operating with number, Using units of measurement, Length, Data representation and interpretation
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMNA013 Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. Locate these numbers on a number line
ACMMG019 Measure and compare the lengths and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units
ACMSP262 Choose simple questions and gather responses and make simple inferences
ACMSP263 Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Describe the displays
National numeracy learning progression Understanding units of measurement - UuM3
Interpreting and representing data - IRD2
Quantifying numbers - QuN4