Know the relationships between kilometres and metres, metres and centimetres, kilograms and grams, litres and millilitres; choose and use appropriate units to estimate, measure and record measurements
Balancing scales - convert between g and kg
The scale is loaded with between 1 and 4 weights. The user then has to balance the scales, converting between g and kg in the process. There is a great deal of control over the level.
A great starter to explore addition, subtraction / difference and partitioning as well as the relationship between grams and kilog More…rams. Levels include converting whole kg to g (and vice versa), converting fractions of kg (eg 1/4kg = 250g) and weights in kg to 1 and 2 decimal places.
I am remaking the ITPs so that they will work on all modern browsers and tablets. They will remain freely available to all without the need for a subscription.
This ITP displays regular polygons with 3 to 10 sides. A background grid can be revealed and hidden and the displayed polygon can be enlarged using the pointers on the polygon button. The polygon can be translated and rotated. A vertex on the polygon can be dragged to another position to change its shape and properties. Double clicking on a vertex allows you to add remove the vertex or to add an extra vertex at the mid point of an adjacent side. You can use the ruler or protractor to measure dragging it and using the circular button to rotate it to the required position. The ITP can be used to explore the properties of regular and irregular polygons. Children’s understanding of the angular properties of polygons can be developed. Children’s hypotheses about properties of sides and internal and external angles can be verified by measurement. Using the grid, children can explore the areas of polygons; identify which polygon’s vertices fit onto the grid points and look at how they calculate the areas of rectilinear shapes.
This ITP has been remade so that it will work in modern browsers. It will remain free to use.
This ITP allows you to control two taps that pour a liquid in and out of a measuring cylinder. You can set the scale on the cylinder to a maximum of 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1000 units and the scale interval to 1, 2, 5 or 10 units. You can simply turn the taps on and off and ask questions that involve prediction, addition and subtraction. Using the inlet and outlet controls to set the amount of liquid to pour in and out of the cylinder offers the opportunity for the introduction of multiplication (repeated addition) and division (repeated subtraction) too. A marker can be set to indicate an early quantity.
The ITP can be used to explore and consolidate the interpretation and reading of scales, mental calculation strategies and methods of recording. Using different scales can support children’s estimation skills and provides a context for problem solving involving capacity and volume.