Monday, March 25, 2013

Measuring Capacity in the Real World

I can't wait to get back to school and use my new measurement packet on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Okay that's not 100% true, but I am really excited to do this activity next week.  

I recently received my informal observation from my Principal and she came in to see my Area and Perimeter Zoo.  

She gave me high praise for always making my lesson real life and relevant.  She said I always draw the kids in with my lessons and she was really impressed!  Oh buddy was my head bigger than hot air balloon by the time I left that meeting!  But she does have a point.  My partner in crime (my co-teacher Stephanie) and I do spend time thinking of way to make learning relevant.  I always try to tell my students when they might actually use the skill I'm about to teach them.  My philosophy is what's the point in  learning something if I'm never going to be able to use it.

So when my math cohorts and I sat down to plan our capacity unit my wheels began to spin.  I kept thinking of when we ever actually use milliliters.  I mean liters is easy every time you go to buy a 2 liter drink you use liters, but everyday people don't really measure in liters.  Then I began thinking of my daughter and how I give her medicine in the droppers.  That was it!  I'll have all my kids pretend to be parents!  

Yea like that's relate able to a nine year old. I'm thinking some of my boys would have rolled quite a few eyes at me.  

So instead I thought about the 4 years I spent as a Vet Tech to get me through college.  Kids love animals so why not make them Veterinary Technicians!!  This Animal Hospital packet has got it ALL.  I'm planning on working this packet in stations.  

Station 1:  The milliliters and liters measurement game. Students will play the game to test their knowledge of what we measure in milliliters and what we measure in liters. 

Station 2:  Welcome to the Animal Hospital.  Students will use the patient chart and information cards to give medicine to the puppies and kittens.  Cute right?  I've been saving my Vitamin Water bottles for a week so I could make some for my self and my cohorts.  

Station 3:  Will be where the students come to write about their experiences.  I have included an article with real life facts about what it takes to be a Vet Tech.  Using my new best friend the OREO (state your opinion, support it with reasons and evidence, restate your opinion)  my kids will write a paper on this precious paper to tell me whether or not they would want to become a Vet Tech when they grow up.  

This activity will give me a grade for math and writing.  How cool is that!? Plus I will get a snazzy Bulletin Board display out of it as well.

I will be teaching this lesson next Wednesday so I can't wait to share pictures with you guys.  Head on over to Teachers Pay Teachers to get a copy!   
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  1. This is BEYOND cute! It excites me to see students learning various types of measurement and relating it to the real-world! Keep it up!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

    1. Thank you Jennifer. We just did the activity yesterday and it was a big hit!

  2. FUGE THIS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!