## Monday, March 12, 2012

### Teaspoons, Tablespoons, Cups, & Gallons

How many parts make a whole? Cooking measurements were a great way to help my son answer that question. This was a simple activity that he found surprisingly interesting. When it was done, he asked if there was more he could measure!

What we used:
4-cup liquid measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Measuring cups
Empty gallon-sized milk jug
Tap water
Funnel (optional)

Before we got started pouring and measuring, we read Stuart J. Murphy’s Room for Ripley, a Level 3 MathStart Capacity book. In the book, Carlos is super excited to buy his first fish. As he prepares the fish bowl with water, he learns all about just how much water it’ll take to make a nice home for his new guppy. One cup is not enough! 2 cups (or 1 pint) is not enough! As he continues to add more and more water, he learns how many pints are in a quart, and how many quarts are in half gallon, etc.

When we finished reading about Carlos’ new pet, I had my son using the measuring spoons, cups, and 2-cup measuring cup to complete a worksheet of math (measuring) questions.

This was great fraction practice. I was thrilled to hear his hypothesis that three 1/3-cups would equal 1 cup!

1. This is a fantastic resource and way to practice measurement skills! Thank you for sharing!

2. This is great! I was planning something very similar in the future...now I have this worksheet to go with it! Thanks.

3. Great hands on, practical activities! Thanks for sharing.

4. Even I need this worksheet! LOL Thanks for sharing!

5. It's so cool when they can see it and really understand. This activity worked great for us too. This week we also learned about math this week through a hands-on measuring experience. We made English Christmas Pudding.
http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2012/03/english-christmas-pudding.html

6. What a great way to work on measuring! I love your chart!