Our Cups, Pints, Quarts, Gallons Lesson Plan equips student to identify and measure volume of liquids using ounces, cups, pints, quarts, and gallons, as well as convert the units of measurement. Ample practice examples provide the opportunity for understanding to solidify, especially the interactive activity of measuring water in various sized containers! Generalize the concepts with a discussion of when liquid measurements are needed at home.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display various containers (unlabeled) filled with liquids. Ask students: How would you determine the amount of liquid in each of the containers?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the units of volume.
- Distribute Cups, Pints, Quarts, Gallons content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use extra examples to help students understand the conversions.
- Carefully explain how the remainders are turned to the lower unit of measure. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Hands-on Activity: Distribute various sized containers and water for students to measure and use. The size of each student group will be determined by the number of containers available. You may instruct students with directions such as: Show ½ pint of water. Show 2 cups of water in one container.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Carefully explain the samples and the calculation of the “New Total”. Pair students. Distribute scissors. (Decide if each student cuts apart two copies of the volumes, or use one set of volumes for each pair.) Give students sufficient time to play the game.
- When completed, randomly check and review some of the students’ responses. Some accumulations may vary. For example, a chart may show 6 pints OR 12 cups.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students to tell about a time they had to measure amounts of a liquid at home, and to describe the experience. How did they measure, etc.?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.1
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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