Planning GuideGrade 5
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Strand: Shape and Space (Measurement)
Outcome: 4

Curriculum Focus

This sample targets the following changes in the curriculum:

  • The general outcome focuses on using direct or indirect measurement to solve problems; whereas the previous math curriculum focused on using measurement concepts, appropriate tools and results of measurements to solve problems in everyday contexts.
  • The specific outcome focuses on most of the same concepts related to volume as the previous math curriculum, including estimating, measuring, recording and constructing rectangular prisms for a given volume. The previous math curriculum also included ordering containers by volume, which is not included in the present curriculum.
  • The specific outcome includes referents for the units cm3 or m3; whereas the previous math curriculum does not.

Volume addresses the following outcomes from the Program of Studies:

Strand: Shape and Space (Measurement)
Specific Outcome:
4. Demonstrate an understanding of volume by:
  • selecting and justifying referents for cm3 or m3 units
  • estimating volume, using referents for cm3 or m3
  • measuring and recording volume (cm3 or m3)
  • constructing right rectangular prisms for a given volume.

What is a Planning Guide?

Planning Guides are a tool for teachers to use in designing instruction and assessment that focuses on developing and deepening students' understanding of mathematical concepts. This tool is based on the process outlined in Understanding by Design, by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.

The following steps will help you through the Planning Guide:

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