‘What a super book! It is absolutely packed with practical ideas and activities to help you love maths, and love teaching and/or learning it. It certainly helps to develop an enthusiasm for a subject most adults tend to say “I'm no good at…”’



Louise O'Sullivan

Chapter Overview

In this chapter you can read about:

  • Progression in learning in measures including length, mass and capacity
  • Common misconceptions and areas of difficulty
  • Key concepts of conservation and transitivity
  • Difficulties children encounter when learning to tell the time
  • Recommendations for effective, interesting and engaging activities.

Key Ideas about Measures and Measurement

Measurement is a means of quantifying the relative amount of a given feature (for example, mass, length) of an object (Barmby et al., 2009). It also serves as a way of comparing such quantifications for different objects. Measures are, by definition, exact. For example, every object has a precise length, mass and volume and, at any moment in time, a person will have lived for a precise length of time.

However, the act of measurement is imprecise. Whatever ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles