Teacher Process


Put your students in four groups of five students. Give each student a number from 1 to 4. Students will meet in these groups when they are completing the activities during the lesson.

Students will begin this unit by learning about and brainstorming information as a whole class and in small groups about the measures of volume. The information that they learn will help them to develop an understanding of the four measures of volume that they will be exploring throughout the unit: cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. Have students begin by following the directions on the slides below: 

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Now have students look through grocery store adds in the small groups that they were working in for the power point activities.  Then have them cut out pictures of containers that hold cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. When they are finished with this activity, the class will have four poster board displays, one for each measure of volume that we discussed.

If students finish early, they can play the Liquid Volume Game on an extra computer.

Liquid Volume Game


Begin this activity in the same small groups that students were working in during part one. Today they will be comparing the different measures of volume and putting them together in a display so that other students are able to recognize how the units of measure relate to one another. The slides below will show students how the different measures compare and introduce the project that they will be creating.

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In small groups, students will create a Mr. Gallon Project. Each student in the group will have a designated job. Assign each student in the groups a number from 1 to 5. The number that they receive will determine their job in the group work.

Group Roles

The following link gives examples of the Mr. Gallon projects that other students have put together:

Gallon Man Examples

Students will use the worksheet below as a material list check off sheet, a review for the different measures of volume, and as a guideline for whattheir finished gallon man should look like. Students may want to use the instruction sheet for step-by-step instructions for creating their Mr. Gallon.


Instruction Sheet

The final Mr. Gallon Displays that students have created will be displayed around the classroom for reference.


Students will be using what they know about cups, pints, quarts, and gallons to make recipes of different sizes. They will be putting all of their recipes together to create a recipe book to take home.

Students will be working in groups of two. Each group will fill in the missing information for the recipe sheets below. They may choose to use measuring tools for cups, pints, quarts, and gallons or the Mr. Gallon display to find the missing pieces in the recipes. They may use sand or water to fill the measuring tools if they choose to use them.

Fruit Power Lemonade

Sour Cream Biscuits

Orange Frosts

Have groups decorate two pieces of construction paper for the front and back covers of their recipe books when they have finished the assignment. They can then take the recipe book home to enjoy!