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These are some Maths ideas for learning about Mass this week. You can use the sheets attached, follow the suggested practical ideas, follow Maths No Problem (as detailed on the website) or use the BBC Bitesize resource to guide your Maths learning for the week (this will be focused on a range of the Year 1 objectives).
Compare Mass – have a look at things in your house (e.g. a chair, sofa, TV, a toy, a marble, a piece of paper, a bottle, a pencil, piece of fruit etc). Group the objects into heavy and light objects – this could be by drawing a picture or using the template attached. As an extra task, you could use balance scales or any weighing scales if you have them (you could briefly talk about how they are measuring the weight e.g. in grams).
Choose 2 objects (have a selection of heavy / light objects to choose from and if you have any scales, weigh them). We would use balance scales in school to visually see the heavier item going down (as in the picture) but you could use normal weighing scales and look at the numbers to compare them. Then, try to use the sentences ‘The _____ is heavier than the _______. The ________ is lighter than the ________. ‘The _____ is as heavy as the _____’ If you wish to use it, there is a sheet for this task (Lesson 2 – Comparing Mass).
Talk about how you could measure the mass of an object. Similar to measuring capacity, we could measure mass in units (or grams etc if you have previously used weighing scales). If you wish, use the sheet Lesson 3 – Finding Mass.
Find 3 objects that feel different. Can you put them in order from the lightest to the heaviest? Now, can you put them in order from heaviest to lightest? What do you notice? How do you know that they are in the right order? Complete the Powerpoint game – Heavier or Lighter?
Use Lesson 5 sheet and find 1 small object and 1 large object. Is the bigger object going to be heavier? You could also have a go at baking / cooking and weighing out the ingredients correctly. Alternatively, have a look at the food you may have in your cupboard (try to keep to the same measurement for all the objects you choose - bags of flour, pasta, rice, crisps, chocolate bar etc). Find where the weight is written. Line them up in order by looking at their weight.