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Cooking Up Some Measurements

Cook up some fun by converting common recipe measurements, like tablespoons and cups. Record the conversions on a colorful apron with Crayola® Fabric Markers, and you’ll always be prepared in the kitchen!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Students use math skills to help with baking. Give students a scenario like the following: A recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, but the only measuring cup you have is a ½ cup. How many ½ cups of flour will you need to equal 2 cups? What would students do if they only had a tablespoon for measuring the flour? By applying some conversion equations, they can figure it out!
    2. Working in small groups, students use water and common kitchen measuring tools to find out the following: -How many teaspoons equal one tablespoon? -How many tablespoons equal one cup? -How many cups are in one pint? -How many pints are in one quart? -How many quarts are in one gallon?
    3. Using Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers create a colorful conversion chart on an apron for easy reference when you cook! For best results, use an apron that is 100% cotton fabric. Place a piece of paper underneath the drawing area to prevent bleed through. Draw a chart, making sure the cloth is saturated. Add bright drawings and designs around the conversion chart to enhance the apron! When finished, have an adult iron to set the design. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.
    4. Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.
    5. Share your completed apron with the class and compare your measurements. Now you can easily multiply and figure out how many tablespoons are in two cups of flour!
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    MATH: Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Students investigate common recipes. Using measurements of ingredients, students re-write the recipes, expressing ingredient amounts using a different unit of measure. For example, 1/2 cup of sugar could be re-stated as 8 tablespoons. Students will also be expected to research and use appropriate abbreviations for measurements.


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