I love it when I can use items found in the house to teach a lesson. Refrigerator and Pantry items came in handy while teaching liquid equivalents. We used liquid baking utensils to figure out the equivalents.
First, I introduced the lesson by talking about volume . “Volume is the amount of space an object takes up”. As the lesson continued, I pointed out which containers had less or more volume.
Next, difference between fluid ounces (fl.oz) and ounces (oz) was explained. “Fluid ounce is for measuring volume and ounce is for measuring weight or mass.” I pulled out several examples to demonstrate this point.
Then, I laid out all the measuring spoons and showed a tablespoon, a teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon. (we talked about again how fractions are everywhere). I asked E to compare the spoon measures: “which one is greater, 1/4 or 1/2?” etc. Then he measured 3 teaspoons of water and poured it into a container. We then poured out that water into the tablespoon. So he was able to see that 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon. He then poured another tablespoon into the mini measuring cup so 2 tablespoons = 1 fl.oz. We used the measuring cups to figure out the rest of the equivalents. I loved using these cups for this lesson as it showed oz, pints, quarts. It was an excellent visual of different liquid measures.
Afterwards, I pulled out what we had in the fridge and pantry to show him how it’s used in daily life. We used the information given on the bottle or container to figure out other equivalents. For example, the apple cider bottle is 16 oz. So he had to figure out how many cups and pint it equaled. With the measuring cups in front of him, he was able to calculate the amounts quickly. We continued this with several other products.
So here are the liquid equivalents that we’ve learned.
3 teaspoons(tsp.) = 1 tablespoon (Tbsp.)
1 tablespoon (Tbsp.) = 1 fluid ounce (fl.oz.)
(Could be sung to Twinkle, Twinkle Little star)
8 fluid ounces (fl.oz.) = 1 cup (c.)
2 cups (c.) = 1 pint (pt.)
2 pints (pt.) = 1 quart (qt.)
4 quarts (qt.) = 1 gallon (gal.)
The following are some books that we’ve enjoyed reading:
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy (one of our favorites)
I can do Math Series – Measuring
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