Different units of measurement are used for familiar everyday objects found in the home. The objects are: a bag of potatoes, milk, kitchen foil, butter, orange juice and shampoo. The measurements of grams, kilograms, litres, millilitres and metres are used to match up the objects.

This clip is from:
The Maths Channel, Measures
First broadcast:
15 June 2007

Stop the clip after the items have been shown. The children estimate the cost of the different items and the measurement of them eg weight, capacity, length, height, time, temperature (if appropriate). Using one unit, the children can rank the items in order of measurement eg heaviest or tallest. Can they convert it using imperial and metric units? Now play the clip showing the units associated with them. Can they suggest measurement units that are equivalent? What is similar and different to the items? What other information about that product can you obtain from these? With a variety of items, the children could rebrand them, writing on new labels with accurate measurements. A cost could be added and the children could use a map or research further where the items come from in the world. Can they rebrand everyday items, so they are all the same units, which they might not typically be associated with?