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How Many Peas Fill the Classroom?

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This fun and active maths lesson for Key Stage 3 students involves measuring, estimating and calculating, and contains a great lesson idea for use in lesson planning.

Maths teacher Katie Slusar asks her Year 7 class at Comberton Village College to work out how many chickpeas might fit into their classroom.

During this exercise in mathematical modelling, the pupils plan how to approach the task and choose the equipment they need.

They start measuring and calculating, and make appropriate estimates and assumptions as they go, involving large and small numbers and different units of measurement.

Although the answers her pupils get are unlikely to be accurate, this is a fun and effective lesson idea that tackles some tricky mathematical concepts.

Part of the series: Great Secondary Lesson Ideas

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