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Alien Cookbook

Curriculum Relevance |Objectives | Game Overview
How To Use With Interactive Whiteboard | How to use only small number of Computers

Curriculum Relevance

KS1
Ma 2 Number and Algebra/Level 2 & 3
3b, 4a, 4b
Ma3 Shape, Space and Measure/Level 2 & 3
1a, 1b, 1d, 1e,
4a, 4c,

Breadth of Study
1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1f, 1g

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Objectives:
  • Read simple scales
  • Calculate using units of measure
  • Identify simple fractions.
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Game Overview

Presents scales in a variety of forms and asks the player to identify which image shows the correct amount. If playing the game in Netscape you will need Flash Player 4.020 or above, in order to print out the results. There is an option to upgrade your Flash as you access each game.

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For use with an Interactive Whiteboard
  • Check children's understanding of key terms: half, quarter, halves, whole, grams, litres and that they understand what different measures are used for and look like.
  • Discuss the variety of weighing scales and measuring jugs. E.g. Scales that have round faces, long faces, digital faces, those with weights to balance, different sizes for weighing humans and for food.
  • Discuss what materials come in grams e.g. foods such as sugar, flour but also packets of biscuits, tins etc, bags of coal, sand, and soil.
  • What materials come in litres e.g. orange juice, washing up liquid, paint, and petrol?
  • Split class, to represent litres and grams. See which group can make the biggest list of what can be bought in that measurement.
  • Talk about recipes and the use of grams and litres. Discuss different recipes. Baking cakes, making soup, cooking a main meal. Talk about instructions, what they are and how they're laid out.
  • Bring up first screen of the 'Alien Cookbook' and click on 'Choose the Measure'. Let children select a cake. First read through the 'How to Play' page and then work through recipe together.
  • At the end of the first game, talk about why and when you might need to work in fractions e.g. serving out food - a cake to a number of people, a bar of chocolate.
  • When playing 'Use a Measuring Scale' ask one child to click on the ingredient and the rest of the class to shout out when they need to stop. As you play this game ask the children to calculate what each division of the scale represents and to count along in those units, e.g. 100, 125, 150, 175, 200.
  • In the third game 'Calculate and Measure' the player is told that some of the ingredient is already in the bowl and asked to calculate how much more is needed. They may find it helpful to use the scale on the screen to help with the calculation. Emphasize the need to add when measuring the flour and Sugar and the need to subtract when pouring the liquid.
  • To check understanding, ask children to complete print-off version of 'Alien Cookbook'.
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How to use only small number of Computers
  • Check children's knowledge of key terms: half, quarter, halves, whole, grams, litres and that they understand what different measures are used for and look like.
  • Discuss the variety of weighing scales and measuring jugs. E.g. Scales that have round faces, long faces, digital faces, those with weights to balance, different sizes for weighing humans and for food.
  • Discuss what materials come in grams e.g. foods such as sugar, flour but also packets of biscuits, tins etc, bags of coal, sand, and soil. What materials come in litres e.g. orange juice, washing up liquid, paint, and petrol?
  • Ask those waiting to play the online game, to imagine an alien cake and to create a recipe for it featuring grams, litres, 1/2,a teaspoon, and a ¼ tablespoon in the ingredients.
  • Then ask children to represent the cake on a piece of squared paper/ or using plastacine.
  • Provide materials such as flour and water, scales, measuring jug, teaspoon and tablespoon. Ask children to imagine these are the ingredients in their recipe and that they are baking their alien cake. Support children in weighing dry goods or measuring liquids and reading the scales.
  • When children play online game, make sure they use the 'How to Play' facility and emphasise the need to add and subtract in the 'Calculate and Measure' game.
  • To reinforce learning, ask children to complete the 'print-off version of 'Alien Cookbook'.
  • Once all the children have completed the game, hold a pretend tea party. Split class into groups of four and ask them to divide their 'alien cakes' made earlier, into quarters.
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Links
Radio programme 3 TV programme 8
Print and Do:Measuring Monkey Tail

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