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

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 capacity as the previous math curriculum, including estimating, measuring and recording capacity; however, the previous curriculum included these concepts in Grade 4, not in Grade 5. The previous math curriculum included ordering containers by capacity, which is not included in the present curriculum.
  • The specific outcome includes referents for the units mL or L; whereas the previous math curriculum does not.
  • The specific outcome includes the relationship between mL and L; whereas the previous curriculum uses conversions among commonly used SI units for capacity in Grade 6.

Capacity addresses the following outcomes from the Program of Studies:

Strand: Shape and Space (Measurement)
Specific Outcome:
5. Demonstrate an understanding of capacity by:
  • describing the relationship between mL and L
  • selecting and justifying referents for mL or L units
  • estimating capacity, using referents for mL or L
  • measuring and recording capacity (mL or L).

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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