Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Converting Gallons, Quarts, Pints, Cups, & Ounces - Section 4: Guided Practice


By creating several tasks that built upon one another, students began to make connections between units of measurement, which also helped them build a conceptual understanding of measurement.

I was glad that I created a learning progression where all units of measurement were compared to cups. Students began to develop an understanding of how all units were connected through this one measuring unit. For example: I know that there are 8 ounces in a  cup, and there are 2 cups in a pint, 4 cups in a quart, and 16 cups in a gallon. Since students understood the size of a cup, it helped them understand the relative sizes of the other units of measurement. 

Originally, I had planned on taking this lesson one step further by creating a process grid: Cup Equivalency Chart. After teaching this lesson, I felt that we had already related each measuring uint to cups without this chart. 

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Reflection
Loading resource...

Converting Gallons, Quarts, Pints, Cups, & Ounces

Unit 2: Measuring Capacity
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT record Customary measurement equivalents, involving units of capacity, in a two-column table.

Big Idea: Understanding the equivalent conversions between measurement units is a foundational skill needed to solve word problems involving measurements.

  Print Lesson
  100 minutes
student converting
Similar Lessons
Stairway to Learning! Moving Your Way to Understanding Metric Unit Conversions
6th Grade Science » Scientific Measuring and Variable Testing
Big Idea: Many 6th graders find it difficult to understand the metric system. By going outside and drawing life-size staircases with chalk, this lesson provides students with a kinesthetic way to become comfortable with metric unit conversions.
East Walpole, MA
Environment: Suburban
David Kujawski
Buckling and Bending the Earth's Surface - Weathering Day 1
4th Grade Science » Weathering Wreaks Havoc
Big Idea: Students will explore and understand that the crust of the earth is constantly moving and changing over time due to weathering processes.
Anchorage, AK
Environment: Urban
Jillian Gates
Measurement Mania - Metric Relationships
4th Grade Math » Measurment
Big Idea: In this lesson, students work with partners to determine the number of centimeters in one decimeter and one meter while discovering how to name these relationships as fractions and decimals.
Helena, MT
Environment: Suburban
Melissa Romano
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload