Today, we worked on capacity. I decided to have my kiddos make a version of Gallon Man! I've seen so many versions out there, but I decided to invent mine as we went along to help my students connect to the equivalencies. We started with one sheet of construction paper and labeled it "Gallon". (It helps that we worked on fractions two chapters ago, because the students understood this as one whole too.) Then, each student was given another whole gallon, and we folded it in half twice to make four equal parts that we labeled "quart". This was glued to the gallon body to form arms and legs. After that, the kids took another whole piece of paper (or gallon) and folded it into eighths. They cut it apart and labeled each part with "pint" to form a hand (which we likened to a robot hand because it looked nothing like a human hand). Lastly, we took a whole sheet of paper and folded it into sixteenths to make fingers. We labeled each finger with the word "cup" and glued them onto our gallon people. I sketched out a jug head and labeled it Mr. Gallon. Each student had a copy, and glued this to the body. The kiddos decorated their jug heads and colored them! Some of the girls followed my lead and turned their artwork into Mrs. Gallon with eye-lashes and lipstick. Sure, it's not the cutest most anatomically correct (gallon) person you've ever seen, but the parts are equivalent to the real thing! They kind of remind me of crustaceans! Maybe it's because we're working with brine shrimp in science! Ha-ha! Despite the unique anatomy of this odd couple, it helped to have the students fold and cut pieces by starting with the "gallon" every time to see how each smaller unit compared to the gallon! I just need to play around with the design a little bit for next year so that the feet don't overlap, and I'll be happy!
What are some of your favorite measurement activities?
|Brine Shrimp (Enlarged)|
I couldn't resist! Uncanny, isn't it?!