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 have always felt a little anxious bringing my students straight from measuring with their Monster Cookie Math and Measuring lab into knife skills. Teaching knife skills is my #1 soapbox speech. Kids have to learn knife skills to prepare healthy, whole, foods! But I was searching for an easier transition.
Many FACS teachers have students practice their knife skills with playdough. What a great idea! They can practice the motion of the knife and safe hand placement without anxiety.
Even better, why not have kids mix their own playdough? My students loved this activity and it is one I will definitely repeat in the future. I worried it was too basic for them, but it turned out to be a great transition. We had a sugar/salt mixup and a lot of reminders on how to measure with spoons. (Big t or little T? Level or heaped?) Our monster cookie recipe has only 2 T of flour, so it was good to practice with a dry measuring cup. This was also the first time for the students using the range, and a few groups ran the gas without lighting the burner.
We used this koolaid recipe from Kraft foods. I ran low on cream of tartar so my second block class cut it back to only 1 t with fine results. It is inexpensive, makes a great transition lab, and makes your classroom smell fantastic!