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Volume measurement

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Mar 30, 2008 at 07:04:22
Subject: Re: Volume measurement

Hi Melissa, We called this "Gallon Guy" or "Gallon Gal" when I did it with fourth and fifth grade elementary school students. You may want to make it ahead of time, and see if there are directions you would change for second grade students. You will need 4 sheets of paper, scissors, crayons, and glue or tape. Use a whole sheet for the body. Label the sheet “one gallon”. Fold (horizontally) another sheet and cut on the fold. Label both pieces “half gallon”. Use one of the halves to make a head. Turn the other part over, and fold it into four quarters. Label each “one pint”. These can be hands and feet. Fold another sheet into four equal vertical strips. Label each one “one quart”. Cut the strips on the folds, and glue or tape each strip to one corner of the rectangular body. These will be the arms and legs. Once they are glued on, attach the hands and feet that you made. Fold another sheet into four lengthwise strips. Then fold that one more time so you will have eight lengthwise strips. Open the paper and fold once horizontally. You should have 16 long thin rectangles. Label each of these “one cup” and cut these strips on the folds, and glue or tape five of them to each hand. Decorate the head with facial features, and compare the sizes of the various body parts. Let the students talk about how many of Gallon Guy’s fingers it takes to make a hand, and how many hands it takes to make an arm, etc. Let students take their Gallon Guys home, and display yours in the room to refer to during the year. -Gail, for the T2T service

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