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Lots of Liquids

Students pour math equivalents into this project as they practice liquid measurement skills and challenge friends!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. While reviewing a variety of liquid volume measures with students, ask them to focus on 4 basic quantities: cup, pint, quart & gallon. How are these units of measure used in our everyday lives?
    2. Have each student choose 4 colors of construction paper, one per quantity.
    3. Students cut paper into several rectangles, with pieces of each color about the same size. The cup pieces will be the smallest and they will make the most of these. For each, they should fold the full-size piece of construction paper in half, and draw their shape to represent one cup; the line must begin AND end at the fold. Part of each cup piece will actually be 2 parts that open like a flap. After the first one is cut out it can be lightly traced on the next (aligning the folds). These can be glued on index cards cut in half. Repeat with all other shapes.
    4. Final decorations can be added to the cards, for interest and detail, as times allows. Students keep their pieces in a zip top bag.
    5. Have students come up with math sentences using these cards and can even make specific cards with operations signs (+, -, =, <, >, etc. depending on your group).
  • Standards

    MATH: Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.

    MATH: Represent and interpret data.

    MATH: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

    MATH: Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.

    VA: Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art-making.

    VA: Collaboratively set goals and create artwork that is meaningful and has purpose to the makers.

    VA: Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

  • Adaptations

    Invite a parent group to lead a cooking lesson for small groups in the classroom. Discuss with students how making their own set of manipulatives made this concept easier.

    Review healthy plate information determined by the government. Have students measure what they eat for a time period and compare to optimal guidelines.

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