A Measuring Pairs Game

Pemanism measuring gameThis is a simple activity for children to practice comparing units of measurement. It is based on the game of pairs, or 'Concentration'.

The resource consists of 18 pairs of cards featuring metric measurements for capacity, weight and linear measurement.

To make this maths resource: downloads the Attachment and print out the four page pdf, cut into separate cards and laminate if you wish.

To play the game: the cards are mixed, and dealt face down into a grid or series of rows. In turn each player chooses two cards and turns them face up. If the card values match, for example:

1/2 Litre pairs with 500 millilitres

1 metre pairs with 100 centimetres

5 kilogrammes pairs with 5000 grammes

... that player wins the pair, and plays again. If the card measurements are not a match, they are both turned face down again and play passes to the player on the left. The game ends when the last pair has been picked up. The winner is the person with the most pairs.

Colour?

The measurements are printed in colour to assist children in discriminating between length, capacity and weight when playing the game and/or when sorting the cards. However, if you choose to print in black this will make the game slightly harder and potentially improve the focus on the units themselves.

Alternatives:

  • Clearly, reducing the number of cards will make the game easier - perhaps when first played it would be useful to focus on only one form of measurement.
  • The cards can also be used in other ways:
    • take all of the length cards and arrange them in order
    • choose a card at random and instead of saying what is written on it, state an alternative, equal measure.

 

This is the resource:

measuring pelmanism game

mathsticks+ members will find an additional version of this activity using 8 of the SI unit prefixes (Giga, Mega Kilo,  deci, centi, milli, micro and nano). Check out the mathsicks+ dashboard via the Premium Files tab at the top of the page.


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yjd2's picture

This is a great resource,

This is a great resource, thank you
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purplelore15's picture

Thank you for this! Just what

Thank you for this! Just what I was looking for! I am going to use this as a group activity to begin with to consolidate the relationships. then my independent group will play the memory game while I do guided work.
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This will be brilliant for my

This will be brilliant for my very able Year 2 group!  Just what I was looking for!!  Many thanks!  
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Jogs the pogs's picture

This game is just what I am

This game is just what I am looking for.  I am going to make an easier version for my less able with units of measurement and pictures of something appropriate that would be measured in that unit. Thanks
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johdu's picture

That's a great adapatation.

That's a great adapatation. If you want to share your designs please drop us a line and we'd be happy to post them here for all our members.

Cheers.

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rkemp's picture

Fantastic resource. This will

Fantastic resource. This will be very useful for year 6 revision!
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mximna's picture

Wonderful resource! This has

Wonderful resource! This has been the best version of a measurement matching game I have found. I would love to see a version with word problems to be matched with solutions for my advanced group of fourth graders. Another idea might be to match prefixes with values (milli - one thousandth). Thank you!  
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johdu's picture

Good to hear this measurement

Good to hear this measurement activity worked well for you. Thanks for the additional ideas for other maths resources... we've added them to our to-do list.

John

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lisa davey's picture

This looks like a great

This looks like a great resource and I'm looking forward to trying it out with my year 5/6 class. Love the colour coding! A great idea! Going to print them off in black and white for my more able. 
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I think this resource is

I think this resource is fantastic. I'm currently looking for games to be used with my new class in September and this will definitely be one of them. I have a maths games box that the children can use when they have spare time or that I can use for starter activities or extensions and I can see this being a favourite!
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yf01's picture

 I'm going to use this one as

 I'm going to use this one as a starter. We have covered measurements in year 7, but they need lots more practise. I'm also thinking of using it with my year 10's as they have great difficulties with converting metric measurements.
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yoyo123's picture

 Thank You, I was just about

 Thank You, I was just about to make a pairs game for converting measures and decided to check mathsticks first!   A wonderful resource, especially like the colour coding
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pippag's picture

Great resource to send home

Great resource to send home with pupil who is having difficulty with grasping measures.
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kmk2's picture

got these planned in and

got these planned in and ready to use. super resource cant wait for the maths lesson now :-}
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sheilamay's picture

 I'm planning to use these

 I'm planning to use these cards with my adult numeracy learners who often find metrc units difficult.  
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littlemisssunshine's picture

 Another excellent resource

 Another excellent resource to really help my la children progress. 
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EmJa0310's picture

A great teaching resource.

A great teaching resource.
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Elaine Forsythe's picture

Another great resource for

Another great resource for measurement. Thanks!
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A-M's picture

 Thanks, A very versatile

 Thanks, A very versatile maths resource :)
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 Great resources for learning

 Great resources for learning the measure equivelents!    Thank you!
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deafdotty's picture

Thank you!

Thank you!
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grebbell's picture

The resources here are just

The resources here are just brilliant, I've got a couple of months to prepare my 10 yr old son for a 'common entrance assessment'. I'll feedback how we get on with the various resources.
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johdu's picture

 Thank you for the comments.

 Thank you for the comments. Yes, please let us know how you and your son get on... good luck with the assessment.
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louise22's picture

I'm looking forward to using

I'm looking forward to using this great little maths game. The time one would be a useful resource too!
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lizturton13's picture

I'm hoping this will be

I'm hoping this will be useful next year
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Wonderful resource and very

Wonderful resource and very versatile. My pupils love playing games - so more the merrier please
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newteach's picture

Have just downloaded. Think

Have just downloaded. Think this will be really useful in my quest to add fun to 1:1 sessions. Allows the pupil to play a game with me which I can easily fudge the answers to make it more fun. i.e my memory doesn't have to be great even if I can't get the maths wrong.
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jennyb's picture

this looks like a great

this looks like a great resource, and is the reason I registered with the site in the first place. Unfortunately I cannot download the pdf, it just brings a blank page up, although I have managed to download 2 other resources. I have tried 3 times (and lost 3 points), and am quite frustrated!
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johdu's picture

Jennyb, I've tested the file

Jennyb, I've tested the file and it downloads ok here. I'm using mozilla firefox browser, but I have tested it with Internet Explorer and cannot duplicate your problem. Maybe it was just a temporary issue. In any case, I will email you a direct link to the file and replace your lost mathstick points.

 

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jennyb's picture

Thanks johdu, have got it

Thanks johdu, have got it now!
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