Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Metric Units of Capacity - Section 3: Closure


In this lesson, I allowed the students to explore finding the number of milliliters it took to fill a cup with water.  This gave the students a conceptual understanding of the size of milliliters, as well as, why liters were not the appropriate measurement.  Each team was given a plastic cup, an eyedropper, and a liter cup filled with water.  The students could clearly see that the liter of water was too large to go into the plastic cup.  This gave the students the conceptual understanding of milliliters and liters.

It is very important for students to understand the concept being presented to them.  Yes, I could have just given them a picture of a liter and milliliter, but how much better is it to explore and see for yourself!

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Metric Units of Capacity

Unit 8: Measurement and Data
Lesson 9 of 15

Objective: SWBAT determine the correct metric unit of capacity (milliliters or liters) to use when measuring.

Big Idea: Milliliters and Liters are metric units of capacity which are commonly used to measure items of different sizes.

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