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!