To help students remember their English system volume measurements I tell them a story about the Great Land of Gallon.
- Draw a giant G and tell the students about the Great Land of Gallon
- The land is ruled by four queens. (Draw four Q’s inside the G)
- Each queen has two children. What do we call children of queens? Princes and princesses! (Draw two p’s inside each Q)
- We’re cat people around here. Each prince and princess have two! (Draw two C’s inside each p.)
I admit to the students that my version is very corny and that I’m sure they can think of something better. I ask them to work in groups to make a poster to help remember the English system volume measurements.
The poster must have
- A saying to remember the measurements in order
- A drawing of the G-Q-P-C diagram
- An illustration to help visualize the saying
When the students have a rough draft on scratch paper I give them a sheet of construction paper. Each group’s color corresponds with their kitchen to help emphasize the color coding.
I’m always right- The students have better versions than me. And their posters add bright color to my kitchens!
I was writing another post and looking to link to my Monster Cookie Math and Measuring lab, only to find that I have never blogged about it. How could that be?! It is one of my very favorites! I’ll get to that shortly, but first I have the winner of our The Donut Book giveaway to announce.
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Now for my best-ever Monster Cookie Recipe! I stress to my students that we are actually learning math and measuring skills and that we get to make cookies. First, students pick up a worksheet and practice dividing the recipe in half.
We check the student’s work with a demonstration. I make the cookies, demonstrating our lab procedure and how to measure each ingredient.
Then students make their cookies. They practice the unit pricing math as they finish.
I love this recipe for many reasons. First, it demonstrates the many ways to measure ingredients. Second, it is fail-proof. I have taught this lesson dozens of times and it always comes out great. This recipe refrigerates well so you can divide the measuring and baking between two days. It is also loaded with whole grains so I don’t feel so bad about making it in a nutrition class.
There are many options for modifying the recipe. We almost always eliminate the step of rolling the cookies in powdered sugar. Also, I provide students with only 1/4 C chocolate chips and ask them to bring in the extra add ins from home which keeps my costs down. The cookies have turned out with no add ins at all and up to 1 C additional add ins.
I hope this recipe is helpful for your class. Even if you can’t fit it in, it is a great family recipe to have on hand. I have also modified it to be vegan and gluten-free for my family.
Volume measurement equivalents are one of the most confusing, and therefore frustrating, concepts for students. I’m certainly not against making an elective class challenging, but I also don’t want students to hate me :).
One way I ease the pain of volume equivalents is by playing “War,” just like the classic card game. I got this idea from the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Facebook group.
Download the cards here. Print enough sets for there to be one for every two or three students. I print them on different colors of card stock to help keep them separate.
Students play by dividing the deck completely between players. They do not look at the cards, just leave them in a stack facing down. Each student flips a card and the student with the greater measurement gets to keep both cards.
In the event of a tie students each lay three cards face down and then turn a fourth card over. The winner of that match gets to keep all eight cards.
There is obviously no strategy to this game, but (thankfully!) students still have a lot of fun with it! I hope your students do too.