Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Jack and Jill's Bucket... A Measurement Activity

 So far this year, we've been looking at Nursery Rhymes, and last week focused on Jack and Jill. I don't think I've ever really noticed until now, but that is a pretty gruesome story... two people falling down a hill and cracking their heads! I only really noticed when I played an animation to the class and half of them were looking at me eyes wide open, worried if Jack was going to be alright! Poor, dear kids!

Anyway, I thought I'd share one of our Maths lessons from the week. For this lesson, we compared how much different 'buckets' (well, containers that we had in our room) could hold. I worked with the kids in small groups; they each chose a 'bucket' and we measured how many blocks they could hold.

We used a number line to show how many blocks were in each bucket...

We then recorded what we'd's an example of our finished piece of work...

Sorry about the picture quality :)

The kids really enjoyed this activity, I was able to have some really good conversations about comparison and measuring with each group when which was great too. If you'd like a copy of the sheets we used to make these, just click here :)


  1. Jess! I never thought about it either... geez! LOL! What a cute lesson idea though. I love it when you can tie math and literacy together! Thanks for sharing!

    The Applicious Teacher

  2. I know... it's made me think about other nursery rhymes/fairy tales too... there's some pretty gruesome ones! It's funny how you don't notice until it's pointed out though!

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  3. I love this! I love using Nursery Rhymes because so many of my kiddos come to school knowing nothing about them. This is such a fun way to bring in math too! =)

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