More Resources for Teaching Capacity
Students struggle with measurement. They need more experiences actually exploring the measurements they are learning about. I definitely recommend hands-on, minds-on workstations where students can go and actually figure out that there are 4 quarts in a gallon. As we plan units of study, we should use Multiple Intelligences as a framework for setting up a variety of experiences with the content. Imagine if your students visited the topic through song, through a hands-on activity, through a poster, and through a story. The more encounters they have with the content, the more they retain.
Remember that planning for the talk around the experiences is just as important. Scaffolded questions and writing prompts are an essential part of the process. Graphic organizers should be used throughout the unit as advanced organizers, lesson entrance and exit slips, and study guides. When we have students listening, speaking, writing and reading about the content, it has more opportunities to stick. You can differentiate many of these types of learning opportunities so that everyone is working in their zone of proximal development.
Here are a few more capacity resources:
Resources 1: Story: The Royal Land of Gallon (Scroll to the middle of the page to see) This is more a mnemonic scaffold.
Resources 2: A Capacity Rap
Resources 3: NCTM Gallon Man Lesson
Resources 4: Great Capacity Power Point
Resources 5: Another Power Point Lesson on Capacity
Resources 6: Worksheet: Capacity Video showing Real World Items
Resources 7 – A Detailed Plan
Always follow up conversations in small guided math groups because that is where everyone gets a chance to talk! Let me know how it goes!