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 Students learn measurement conversions.

# How much Apple Juice should you Buy?

Objectives:

1.  The student will be able to change units in the customary system.  Specifically, the student will convert units of liquid capacity including:  fluid ounces, cups, pints, quarts, and gallons.

2.  The student will be able to convert from larger to smaller units and vice versa.

Standards:  NCTM Standards: 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Materials:

• Containers in cup, pint, quart, and gallon size

• One gallon of apple juice and 30 paper cups

Procedure:

1.  Warm-up:  Bring in containers that are cup, pint, quart, and gallon size.  (Have an actual gallon of apple juice.)  Ask students if they can identify the unit size of each container.  Ask students what size containers they buy at the store and what liquid is normally contained in these containers.

2.  Motivate the Lesson:  Ask students how many cups of juice they believe they can pour from a gallon of juice.  Have students explain their reasoning.  Pour the apple juice into cups to see how many cups are in one gallon.  (Let the students drink the apple juice.)

3.  Explain that they could have calculated the number of cups of apple juice by using unit conversion.  Ask the “Question of the Day”.

4.  Proceed through the lesson examples and explain how to read the unit conversion chart and the “Gallon Man” visual representation.

5.  Stress the importance of when to multiply and when to divide by having each student write down, verbally repeat, and use the rules in the provided examples.

6.  Have students complete the Liquid Capacity Worksheet for homework.

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 LIQUID CAPACITY LESSON Lesson excerpt - Let’s figure out which answer choice is correct by learning about measurement unit conversion.  Gallons, quarts, and pints are types of measurement units. We need twenty-five cups of apple juice.  Unfortunately, the grocery store doesn’t have apple juice in cup size.  How can we figure out how many cups are in one gallon, six quarts, and twenty-five pints?  We can “convert” between these measurement units and cups.  “Convert” means to change from one unit of measure to another, such as cups to gallons and vice versa. First, we need to know how many cups are in one pint and how many pints are in one quart.  There are two different methods (continued...) LIQUID CAPACITY WORKSHEET Student worksheet on unit conversion. Do you have a recommendation for an enhancement to this consumer math measurement lesson, or do you have an idea for a new lesson?  Then leave us a suggestion. For more grocery shopping lessons and worksheets, and consumer math lessons: Spending Money, Consumer Math, Lesson Plans, Worksheets     To teach and learn money skills, personal finance, money management, business, careers, and life skills please go to the Money Instructor home page.

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