Giant Magnetic Gallon Set

Giant Magnetic Gallon Set
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Giant Magnetic Gallon Set
by Learning Resources

Ages 8 +
Grades 3rd +

Teach the measurement of liquid volume using giant, familiar shapes!

Measurement of liquid volume takes on a familiar shape with these giant, proportionately scaled magnets! Young students can explore the relationships between gallons, quarts, pints, and cups, while older students can calculate ounces!

Make your whiteboard come alive with Liquid measurement!

Bring measurement concepts to life with colorful magnets that resemble liquid containers in familiar shapes. Proportionately sized pieces help students understand the relationships between gallons, quarts, pints, and cups. Use this set to also develop conversion and fraction skills, as shown in the following activities. Leave the mess behind and embrace a neater brand of hands-on measurement instruction!

Simple Activities

Exploring Units
Put all the pieces on the board. Ask students to identify cups, pints, quarts, and a gallon, and then place them in order from greatest to least volume. Next, place the pieces of each unit over the next largest unit to demonstrate the following equivalencies (smaller pieces should
fit evenly within larger pieces): 1 gallon = 4 quarts 1 quart = 2 pints 1 pint = 2 cups

Understanding Conversions
Build the entire set on the board. Start with the gallon as the background. Layer the other pieces over the gallon to demonstrate that there are 4 quarts in a gallon, 2 pints in each quart, and 2 cups in each pint. Then, to familiarize students with this visual cue, ask some follow-up questions: “How many quarts are in a gallon? How many pints are in a quart? How many cups are in a pint?” This shows students the relationships between consecutive units of measure.

Next, guide students through conversions of non-consecutive units. Ask students to find how many cups are in a quart, how many pints are in a gallon, and so on. There are many possibilities! With practice, students will be able to quickly and confidently answer questions that would otherwise be considered a challenge.

8 Ounces of Wisdom
Once students know the corresponding measurement of the smallest unit, the cup, they can apply that knowledge to the larger units. Share with students that the cup holds 8 ounces. Students should therefore understand, following what they learned in the previous activities, that a pint is 16 ounces (because there are 2 cups in a pint), that quarts are 32 ounces, and so on. If they remember the value of a cup, the other measurements will fall into place.

Liquid Fractions
Don’t forget to use this set to provide examples of real-life fractions! Put a quart piece on the board. Place 2 pints on top of the quart, and then layer 4 cups on top of the pints. Make sure to keep the smaller pieces within the quart’s outline to show the equivalencies. Ask students to fill in the following blanks with the appropriate fractions.
If the quart is 1 whole, a pint is _________.
If the quart is 1 whole, a cup is _________.
Assemble the entire set on the board and ask questions relating the set to fractions. Here are some examples: “How many cups are in ½ of a gallon? How many quarts are in ¼ of a gallon? One cup represents what fraction of a gallon?”

Contents 36 piece set:

  • 4-piece gallon
  • 4 quarts
  • 8 pints
  • 16 cups
  • 4 labels (gallon, quarts, pints, cups)
  • Activity Guide

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