I taught measurement for a grade 4 and 5 class. Previous to this lesson, we talked about measurement in base ten units and worked from mm–>cm–>dm–>m. To consolidate student understanding we had a day where students worked in partners and cut and measured pieces of paper, writing the measurement on the back. The measurement was to be in 3 different types of measurement. Each partner was to hold a strip of paper up to their partner and then ask the partner how many mm long is this paper, for example( they chose to quiz their partner with either mm,cm,or dm). The partner would try to guess as best as possible the correct answer, and if the partner was within a good range they would keep that piece of paper in a pile. Once all strips had been collected, the partner with the most pieces of paper won. Before the activity I played a YouTube video which is a song about measurement. The YouTube video was meant to engage students in the material before demonstrating understanding through the game. I used the Grade 5 Nelson Math Book to find the strips game I used later with the students pictured here .
Using a video from YouTube augmented student learning because it showed students visual examples of measurements and the different conversions between them. Seen in the last image, different units of measurement are also compared using different colours, to point out mili- and centi-, another form of patterning seen in measurement.
There is also a person in the video who looks like a “cool dude”, so instill the idea that math can be fun. Examples used in the video consist of everyday objects, and show measurement in terms of thickness, distance, and height.
The video was created to showcase a catchy song that they could follow to remember their conversions. I made sure to show this video after the theoretical explanation of conversions, instead of just giving them rules. It also augments learning because YouTube is a public tool that anyone can access and students can give real comments to the videos they watch.
The images may be distracting to some students, or be too overwhelming for some students, such as students who have epilepsy or ADHD because there are some quick changes in colour, and many moving pieces. You need to know your students before showing them videos because you may have students with exceptionalities that may feel left out because they cannot follow along with the video. The main character in this video is also a male, only what is assumed to be a females hand (because of the painted nails) is seen very quickly.
As a class, students could create their own measurement song that could then be put into YouTube and shared with the public. I would also try
Edpuzzle, which is a tool that allows you to add questions, comments, and audio tracks to pre-existing videos. BY adding questions within the video, I can make sure students understand the material in the video, rather than having them just feed me the same information back. Or, I could have students make their own Edpuzzle to show their understanding. Students could comment on the video and compare and contrast other measurement videos to determine what videos worked better than others and why.
YouTube is free and you do not need an account to access it. However, you need to make sure ahead of time that the content is appropriate for your viewers, and you cannot make comments on videos if you do not have an account.
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Link to the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTNUp4XIR