Put a ring on it
Measuring the circumference of tree trunks and working out their age
- 30-59 mins
This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science. This resource focuses on measuring the lengths and widths of leaves from a tree, placing the data in a table and calculating the mean average of each.
Trees and their leaves are an important part of our natural environment. We can use our maths and science knowledge to better understand them and hence the environment around us!
In this activity learners will measure the lengths and widths of six leaves from a single tree. They will place this data in a table and then calculate the mean average length and width of the leaves from the tree. They will also develop and reinforce their knowledge of the different parts of a leaf by labelling it.
This activity could be used as a main lesson activity to teach learners how to collect data and calculate the mean value of a data set. It could also be used as one of several activities within a wider scheme of learning focusing on the use of maths and science to understand the natural environment.
The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.