# Teaching Capacity and Volume

Discussion in 'Fifth Grade' started by bridgetbordeaux, Mar 28, 2013.

1. ### bridgetbordeauxCompanion

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Mar 28, 2013

I am doing a maternity leave for a class and I have to teach capacity and volume. I showed them Gallon Guy and a chart with the different measurements on it but they seem to be lost.
They have no concept of ounces being so small, and gallons being large when they are converting. Does anyone have any tips on how to teach this so they are not so confused? I also demonstrated pouring 4 cups of water into a quart container so they could visualize that but I still got that deer in the headlights look.

3. ### giraffe326Virtuoso

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Mar 28, 2013

Have you used the Big G. It is easy for kids to memorize and draw out.
Other than that, you need to get a bunch of measuring instruments and do some centers.

4. ### bridgetbordeauxCompanion

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Thanks, I haven't used Big G yet. I will try that next week.

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My suggestion: go metric :lol:

6. ### moparMultitudinous

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Have you tried letting the students work with the containers and pour water (or beans) to see how much bigger one really is? Have them count how many pints fit into a gallon, etc.

7. ### Michael S.Companion

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We made punch that required the students to convert the units when measuring and determining how many [pint-sized] containers will be needed for the group.

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