Learning the concepts involved with capacity, measurement, and eventually unitizing the discussion is something that takes shape in class and at home. Capacity, just like length, height, weight, and other attributes, can be measured in different ways. It begins with non-standard measurements, such as how much sand can fit inside a cup. Talking about what we mean by "how big" or "how much" is helpful for children.
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November 14, 2016
What kind of "big" is it? Children explore the differences between tall and wide as they explore which bucket holds the most sand.
One of the most classic images of the Halloween season is a witch's magic pot or cauldron. Singing about witches' brew and reading tales of magical pots can also be a great way to introduce math concepts... as long as you find the right book! Below are three of our favorite magic cauldron tales that could be introduced during the Halloween season (or any time) to spark discussion around important math ideas such as doubling, capacity, and measurement.
This video from our Focus on the Lesson series demonstrates an activity for teaching capacity in kindergarten and preschool. Students look at two containers and try to determine which one would hold more liquid.
A kindergarten student finds a way to sort cups by capacity.
A student stacks cups to organize them by size.