Topics:

A. Use of measuring instruments
B. Physical quantities and Units

A. Use of measuring instruments
1 - Metric unitsURL: http://www.learner.org/courses/learningmath/measurement/session3/part_b/index.html
Teacher's Description: Provides some interesting videos and questions, covering ideas of estimation and the important physical quantities. Instruct students to go through the 4 sections (length, liquid volume, mass and reasoning with mass) watch the videos to see how some adults are learning about metric units!

2 - Lighting and Adjusting a Bunsen Burner
URL: http://science.csustan.edu/tutorial/Bunsen.wvx
Teacher's Description: Short video and photos explaining how to light and adjust a Bunsen burner

3 - Eureka!
URL: http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=baldwin&book=thirty&story=eureka
Teacher's Description: The story of how Archimedes discovered how to measure the volume of an irregular shaped crown and helped the King solve a crime.

4 - Measurement
URL: http://www.gcse.com/maths/measurement.htm
Teacher's Description: A series of pages on the measurement of length, area and volume, with questions.

5 - Weigh it up
URL: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/weigh/index.htm
Teacher's Description: Pupils can have a go on this virtual balance.Instruct students to keep going as the questions get more challenging and interesting

6 - Measure it!
URL: http://www.funbrain.com/measure/
Teacher's Description: How to read a ruler scale. Get students to try hard centimetres option

7 - Crossword
URL: http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/kids/morenist.htm
Teacher's Description: Links to a series of activities to do with measurement and how it keeps products safe. Pupils are directed to do this crossword without looking at the answers then find out their nano IQ and to do the 'small to tall' activity
Quick Result Code: SA2AF

8 - Archimedes puzzle
URL: http://illuminations.nctm.org/Lessons/Stomachion/Stomachion-AS-ArchPuzzle.pdf
Teacher's Description: An activity sheet about shape and area. The Stomachion is a puzzle known to be at least 2200 years old.

9 - Data logging
URL: http://www.hollyfield.kingston.sch.uk/gcseit/GCSE/datalog.htm
Teacher's Description: A comprehensive page on data logging for more able pupils, with questions.

10 - The role of sensors in control
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/measurecontrol/0computercontrolrev3.shtml
Teacher's Description: A page showing the range of basic datalogging sensors available.

11 - Using the bunsen burner
URL: http://www.saburchill.com/chemistry/chapters/chap001.html
Teacher's Description: Simple and well illustrated instructions on how to use a Bunsen burner, from an online Chemistry textbook

12 - Pinpoint that number
URL: http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/puzzlemaths/pinpoint_game.shtml
Teacher's Description: Game where pupils estimate where a number would be within various scales

13 - Estimating and measuring
URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~atmat/units/measurement/mea_act1.htm
Teacher's Description: An activity page on estimating and measuring. Students' version of activity sheet - use in conjunction with teachers' version. Coin exercise is obviously US based.

14 - Measurement estimation
URL: http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/skills/b-p/estimation.htm
Teacher's Description: Some guidance on how to estimate.

15 - Science skill: estimating and measuring objects
URL: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/measurement/printable/32648.html?_R=1
Teacher's Description: A worksheet for an activity on estimating mass.

16 - Science skill: estimating and measuring cereal with raisins
URL: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/scottforesman/sci_4_SPS_estimate.pdf
Teacher's Description: A worksheet for an estimation exercise.

17 - Race time measurement
URL: http://www.practicalphysics.org/go/Experiment_255.html?topic_id=3&collection_id=31
Teacher's Description: A lesson plan exploring issues of measurement, such as precision, range of values, uncertainty or error, repeat measurements and mean values.

18 - Precise measurement
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/learningzone/clips/showrecord?Id=254&level=secondary&returnUrl=%3Ftemplatestyle%3D%26config%3Dresults%26attrib_1%3DSCHOOL_LEVEL_NAME%3Boper_1%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_1_1%3DSecondary%3Battrib_2%3DSUBJECT_NAME%3Boper_2%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_2_1%3DPhysics%3Battrib_3%3DTOPIC%3Boper_3%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_3_1%3DMeasurement%2520and%2520Scale%3Bpreferred_range_length%3D%26%26page%3D1%26level%3Dsecondary%26terms%3D%26results%3Dbrowse%26searchType%3Dnew%26existingTerms%3D%26subject%3DPhysics%26topic%3DMeasurement%20and%20Scale%26existingSubject%3D%26existingTopic%3D%26primary%3D%26secondary%3D%26further_education%3D
Teacher's Description: A 5min26s video on an investigation into the need for precise measurement.

19 - Accurate measurement
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/learningzone/clips/showrecord?Id=253&level=secondary&returnUrl=%3Ftemplatestyle%3D%26config%3Dresults%26attrib_1%3DSCHOOL_LEVEL_NAME%3Boper_1%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_1_1%3DSecondary%3Battrib_2%3DSUBJECT_NAME%3Boper_2%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_2_1%3DPhysics%3Battrib_3%3DTOPIC%3Boper_3%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_3_1%3DMeasurement%2520and%2520Scale%3Bpreferred_range_length%3D%26%26page%3D1%26level%3Dsecondary%26terms%3D%26results%3Dbrowse%26searchType%3Dnew%26existingTerms%3D%26subject%3DPhysics%26topic%3DMeasurement%20and%20Scale%26existingSubject%3D%26existingTopic%3D%26primary%3D%26secondary%3D%26further_education%3D
Teacher's Description: A 2min43s video on the need for accurate measurement.

20 - Estimating measurement
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/learningzone/clips/showrecord?Id=255&level=secondary&returnUrl=%3Ftemplatestyle%3D%26config%3Dresults%26attrib_1%3DSCHOOL_LEVEL_NAME%3Boper_1%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_1_1%3DSecondary%3Battrib_2%3DSUBJECT_NAME%3Boper_2%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_2_1%3DPhysics%3Battrib_3%3DTOPIC%3Boper_3%3D%253D%253D%3Bval_3_1%3DMeasurement%2520and%2520Scale%3Bpreferred_range_length%3D%26%26page%3D1%26level%3Dsecondary%26terms%3D%26results%3Dbrowse%26searchType%3Dnew%26existingTerms%3D%26subject%3DPhysics%26topic%3DMeasurement%20and%20Scale%26existingSubject%3D%26existingTopic%3D%26primary%3D%26secondary%3D%26further_education%3D
Teacher's Description: A 4min30s video looking at estimating measurement.

21 - Accuracy and precision
URL: http://www.digipac.ca/chemical/sigfigs/contents.htm
Teacher's Description: An explanation of the difference between accuracy and precision. Example from American football may confuse some students

22 - Your body ruler
URL: http://www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/bodyruler/
Teacher's Description: Instruct students to find out how their body can be used as a ruler, and also to click on the link inside the page to find out how to measure angle & distance with their thumbs.

23 - Bunsen burner
URL: http://www.uwplatt.edu/chemep/chem/chemscape/labdocs/catofp/bunsbur/bunsbur2.htm
Teacher's Description: Every thing you ever wanted to know. Covers safety and video instructions with little test questions along the way.

24 - Measuring Speed
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_ks3.aspx?id=485
Teacher's Description: Short animated slideshow with commentary on how to work out the speed of a moving object and make calculations using speed, distance and time. Also a quiz and interactive dateline.

25 - Matter
URL: http://ippex.pppl.gov/interactive/matter/density.html
Teacher's Description: An introduction to Density, includes the Density lab.

26 - Measures
URL: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/measures/index.htm
Teacher's Description: 4 interactive activities on units and reading scales. Note - You need to type the whole word for the units and volume is called capacity here, also under the capacity section, animation may perpetuate a wrong idea about positioning of the eye to take the reading

27 - Metric prefixes
URL: http://www.aaastudy.com/mea212x2.htm
Teacher's Description: Short information box with interactive practice activity and some games (US spelling).

28 - Density and buoyancy: testing liquids
URL: http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.matter.zoil/
Teacher's Description: See density in action in this excellent video.

29 - Condiment diver
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/condiment_diver/index.html
Teacher's Description: How to make the world's simplest Cartesian diver.

30 - Interactive maths games and activities
URL: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/measures.htm
Teacher's Description: Lots of interactive measurement games and activities.

31 - Isometric Drawing Tool
URL: http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=125
Teacher's Description: Ask students to construct structures of different volumes

32 - Glowla's estimation contraption
URL: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/games/ballparkestimation/ballparkestimation.html?3
Teacher's Description: A game to improve estimating skills.

33 - Descartes' diver
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/descartes_diver/index.html
Teacher's Description: Build a Cartesian diver.

34 - Old units of length
URL: http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/tech/oldleng.htm
Teacher's Description: A wordy history of the measurement of length.

35 - Physical quantities
URL: http://thinkzone.wlonk.com/Physics/Units.htm
Teacher's Description: A comprehensive table of physical quantities. Guidance needed in selection of information a useful reference for everyone, including university level.

36 - The international system of units (SI)
URL: http://www.bipm.org/en/si/
Teacher's Description: An introduction to the international system of units (SI). Links to pages on units, prefixes and the history of the units. An authoritative reference site, so not aimed at this level. Excellent for the most able, but guidance needed.

37 - SI units
URL: http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/chemistry/general/si_en.html
Teacher's Description: A comprehensive page on SI units and prefixes.Very good reference site, though some guidance required to identify and select information.

38 - The metric system
URL: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/metric.html
Teacher's Description: An introduction to the metric system, click on the link

39 - The international system of units (SI)
URL: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/sipm.html
Teacher's Description: A page about the international system of units (SI), with links.

40 - Measures, shapes and space
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/measuring/lwc/
Teacher's Description: Loads of fact sheets, quiz, game and worksheet to help with measuring, try the section on length, weight and capacity.The measures, shapes and space section (back) has more links too.

41 - Temperature
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/measuring/temperature/
Teacher's Description: Fact sheets, quiz, worksheet and tutor notes on how to read temperature

42 - Density
URL: http://www.thinkingfountain.org/d/density/density.html
Teacher's Description: Ideas on how to introduce the concept of density. Note that not all links work. Direct pupils to click on

43 - Speed
URL: http://rubble.heppell.net/simulations/nb_speed0.htm
Teacher's Description: A video showing how a distance/time graph is built up as we follow a triathlon event.

44 - Physics - quantities and units
URL: http://sixthsense.osfc.ac.uk/physics1/pages/online_quiz/quantities.asp
Teacher's Description: An interactive online Physics quiz. Click on

45 - Comparing metric length
URL: http://www.aaastudy.com/mea69_x6.htm
Teacher's Description: Short information box with interactive practice activity and some games (US spelling).

46 - Volume
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/measuring/volume/factsheet.shtml
Teacher's Description: Fact sheets, quiz, tutor notes and worksheets for learning how to measure volume Back to top

B. Physical quantities and Units
1 - Measuring SpeedURL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_ks3.aspx?id=485
Teacher's Description: Short animated slideshow with commentary on how to work out the speed of a moving object and make calculations using speed, distance and time. Also a quiz and interactive dateline.

2 - Matter
URL: http://ippex.pppl.gov/interactive/matter/density.html
Teacher's Description: An introduction to Density, includes the Density lab.

3 - Measures
URL: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/measures/index.htm
Teacher's Description: 4 interactive activities on units and reading scales. Note - You need to type the whole word for the units and volume is called capacity here, also under the capacity section, animation may perpetuate a wrong idea about positioning of the eye to take the reading

4 - Metric prefixes
URL: http://www.aaastudy.com/mea212x2.htm
Teacher's Description: Short information box with interactive practice activity and some games (US spelling).

5 - Density and buoyancy: testing liquids
URL: http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.matter.zoil/
Teacher's Description: See density in action in this excellent video.

6 - Condiment diver
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/condiment_diver/index.html
Teacher's Description: How to make the world's simplest Cartesian diver.

7 - Interactive maths games and activities
URL: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/measures.htm
Teacher's Description: Lots of interactive measurement games and activities.

8 - Isometric Drawing Tool
URL: http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=125
Teacher's Description: Ask students to construct structures of different volumes

9 - Glowla's estimation contraption
URL: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/games/ballparkestimation/ballparkestimation.html?3
Teacher's Description: A game to improve estimating skills.

10 - Descartes' diver
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/descartes_diver/index.html
Teacher's Description: Build a Cartesian diver.

11 - Old units of length
URL: http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/tech/oldleng.htm
Teacher's Description: A wordy history of the measurement of length.

12 - Physical quantities
URL: http://thinkzone.wlonk.com/Physics/Units.htm
Teacher's Description: A comprehensive table of physical quantities. Guidance needed in selection of information a useful reference for everyone, including university level.

13 - The international system of units (SI)
URL: http://www.bipm.org/en/si/
Teacher's Description: An introduction to the international system of units (SI). Links to pages on units, prefixes and the history of the units. An authoritative reference site, so not aimed at this level. Excellent for the most able, but guidance needed.

14 - SI units
URL: http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/chemistry/general/si_en.html
Teacher's Description: A comprehensive page on SI units and prefixes.Very good reference site, though some guidance required to identify and select information.

15 - The metric system
URL: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/metric.html
Teacher's Description: An introduction to the metric system, click on the link

16 - The international system of units (SI)
URL: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/sipm.html
Teacher's Description: A page about the international system of units (SI), with links.

17 - Measures, shapes and space
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/measuring/lwc/
Teacher's Description: Loads of fact sheets, quiz, game and worksheet to help with measuring, try the section on length, weight and capacity.The measures, shapes and space section (back) has more links too.

18 - Temperature
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/measuring/temperature/
Teacher's Description: Fact sheets, quiz, worksheet and tutor notes on how to read temperature

19 - Density
URL: http://www.thinkingfountain.org/d/density/density.html
Teacher's Description: Ideas on how to introduce the concept of density. Note that not all links work. Direct pupils to click on

20 - Speed
URL: http://rubble.heppell.net/simulations/nb_speed0.htm
Teacher's Description: A video showing how a distance/time graph is built up as we follow a triathlon event.

21 - Physics - quantities and units
URL: http://sixthsense.osfc.ac.uk/physics1/pages/online_quiz/quantities.asp
Teacher's Description: An interactive online Physics quiz. Click on

22 - Comparing metric length
URL: http://www.aaastudy.com/mea69_x6.htm
Teacher's Description: Short information box with interactive practice activity and some games (US spelling).

23 - Volume
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/measuring/volume/factsheet.shtml
Teacher's Description:Fact sheets, quiz, tutor notes and worksheets for learning how to measure volumeBack to top