Measuring Liquid Volume


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Volume is the amount of space an object takes up. In this lesson, we will be focusing on liquid measurements.

Measuring Liquid Volume Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Measuring Liquid Volume
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Measuring Liquid Volume
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Volume is the amount of space an object takes up.  This lesson is focused on liquid measurements.  Various vocabulary is reviewed in the introduction, including names of the containers used to measure liquids, such as beakers and graduated cylinders.  Different volume measurements are also discussed, such a milliliters and liters.  Special attention is paid to learning how to read a graduated cylinder and being precise in taking measurements.

Sample classroom Procedures: 

  1. Begin by explaining to students that in order to measure a liquid we have to first put it in a container. There are specific containers that scientists use to measure liquid called graduated cylinders.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of volumes that can be measured. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on measuring liquid volume. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems using and correctly reading a graduated cylinder.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually or in pairs. Provide an area for students to discard their used water.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students discuss some of the items they found in their household and the measurements they felt were best to use.
  8. In closing, ask students to discuss a time when they needed to measure something that was a liquid.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 


None for Grade 4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade



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