How Do You Find the Volume of a Liquid?The easiest way to measure the volume of a liquid is to fill a container such as a graduated cylinder or beaker. Students learn how to read the intervals on each instrument to determine the liquid volume. When studying this topic, students may practice reading measurement tools with single-unit intervals or those that progress by 10, 20, or 50.
What Units Are Used to Measure Volume?Liquid volume is measured in the following units of measurement:
- half gallons
- fluid ounces
Measuring Liquid Volume and Capacity in the ClassroomAre you looking for some ways to help your students calculate and estimate liquid volumes of objects? Perhaps you want to give your students real-life applications of when they may use capacity concepts. The teachers at Teach Starter have a few ideas to share to get your students' focused on measurement.
- Set up different stations that require students to measure a variety of liquids with beakers and graduated cylinders. Encourage students to read each instrument and record the amount of liquid in each.
- Work with your students to create a "Gallon Man." This is a fun math craft where students create a man whose legs, arms, and fingers represent capacity units. Your students will then have a visual representation to show that there are 4 quarts in a gallon, 2 pints in a quart, and so on.
- Set up a game with your students where they create equivalent units. For this game, give each student a strip of paper with a different unit of capacity written on it (gallon, quart, pint, cup). On the teacher's cue, students must find other classmates and group together in equivalent pairs. For example, a student holding a "quart" piece of paper could match up with 4 students holding a "cup" piece of paper.