Capacity: Students Teaching Students
When two Maths unit matched up, there was a great suggestion that was grabbed with both hands!
A senior class and a Foundation class were both coming to the end of a Capacity mathematics unit and the suggestion was made, “why don’t my Grade 5 and 6 students come to your Foundation area and teach the students?”
The Foundation students were broken up into 5 groups with 8-10 students in each group.
The following lessons took place:
CAPACITY: Measure and compare the lengths, masses and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units (VCMMG095)
Elaborations: Measuring the capacity of containers using uniform material, for example cups or buckets.
I filled a container with 20 spoonfuls of sand. What might the container look like. Need: Containers, spoons and sand.
2. I poured 1 litre of water into some containers so that each container was full. What do these containers look like?
Need: 1 litre measuring cup, containers and water
3. Out of these 4 containers draw in order, the container that holds the most to the container that holds the least. Then using the water, test your answers.
Need: 4 containers, water and measuring cups
4. Looking at the different bottles and containers (milk, soft drink, can, 600ml bottle, cause bottle) draw them in order from the one that holds the most, to the one the holds the least. Prove your answer (focusing on the labelling of mrs)
Need: 4 containers, water and measuring cups.
5. Using the sand, find 2 containers that hold the same amount.
Needs: A range of containers that look different but hold the same.
The engagement and learning that took place for all students was amazing.
The senior students planned the lessons and needed to decide on the key learning that would take place based on the Victoria Curriculum outcomes for Foundation and Grade One (wanted to challenge them). When the lessons took place they displayed leadership and behaviour management skills that would rival some young teachers. The junior students were engaged, learning from their older peers and could articulate what the lessons were asking them. The teachers were impressed by the interpersonal and mathematical learning from the whole experience.