This Gallon Man Printable makes creating a Gallon man easier. Just cut and paste to help learn liquid equivalents. Also includes fluid ounces for Classical Conversations.
It is the first day back from winter break, and attitudes aren’t what I would desire them to be. I know it is hard to get back in the grove, and so on this gray, and very cold winter Wednesday….I had to have some fun planned.
Over the next few weeks, our math memory work for Classical Conversations includes measurement equivalencies. And of course, one of the aspects we will be memorizing is liquid equivalences.
With those daunting facts hanging over our head, I knew we needed a little fun! And what is more fun than creating a gallon man?
Prep-Work for Gallon Man Printable
Prep work in very minimal for this project.
- First, print off each part of the gallon man on colored paper. (If you are doing this in a classroom setting, you may want to one per small group to save paper.)
- Gather up scissors and glue and you are ready to go.
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, “Brights” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (99608)Westcott Classic Kids Scissors, Blunt Tip, 5 Inch, Neon Pink (15967)Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks
Putting Gallon Man Together
Now comes the fun part….putting the man or woman together.
We began by simply cutting out the large gallon man. We practiced saying the word (speech practice for my little girl) and came up with things that were gallons….like a gallon of milk.
Next, we cut out the four quarts. Once again we practiced saying the word and thought about items that equal this. I helped them come up with half and half or small ice cream container. The next time we hit the grocery store, I’m going to make sure I’m pointing out some more examples.
Then it was time to glue the quarts on. The quarts represent the arms and legs, so we glued one on each side, and two at the bottom.
Finally, the most important question came……..How many quarts are in a gallon. With the visual staring them in the face they were quickly able to state 4.
We followed the same procedures here.
- Cutting out the pints.
- Practicing saying the word
- Come up with items that equal a pin….we found some whipping cream in the fridge that is a pint.
- Then we glued two to each quart.
- Finally, question time.
“How many pints are in a quart?”
How many pints are in a gallon?”
With a little counting, I got the answer “Eight!”
And being all about applying math in as many situations as I can, I asked if they could have figured that answer our a better way. My oldest quickly informed me we could count by two’s, and my first grader showed off his skip counting skills to get the answer eight once again.
Next, we moved unto cups! We repeated the same pattern as before, and then glued on two cups to each pint.
When we hit the questions, I reminded them to use their skip counting skills to answer them.
I asked them how many cups are in a pint, and of course, this was easily answered with a two.
How many cups are in a quart? Well 2 x 2 = 4!!!
How many cups are in a gallon? My first grader counted by 2 eight times. My second grader decided to count by fours was easier. They both ended up with 16. We are learning so much:)
Step 5: Optional
Part of our memory work is to also learn that there are 8 fluid ounces in each cup. So if you also are working on this memory work, then this step is for you. If a fluid ounce isn’t apart of your curriculum you can just skip this step!
Let’s be honest. I don’t want to sit and cut out 128 pieces of paper, and neither do our little ones. So for this step, we just cut out a rectangle with eight rectangles in it.
All they need to do is cut above the word fluid ounce and their little rectangles will be ready to glue on.
Here is my little princess (dressed as Elsa) trying her hand at it. Learning is not always easy for her, and we are working hard to build fine motor skills. This was one activity she enjoyed joining in on, and I was thrilled with the little extra cutting practice she got. We still have a long road ahead of us, but I’m confident that she will accomplish this skill!
Now all that is left is to glue these fluid ounces onto the printable man, and the math work is complete.
After all our math talk, I allowed my kiddos to add a head, and decorate their gallon man. My older boys named their “robot” and designed heads for their man. I guess this guy wasn’t excited about starting school back either….but hopefully, with the memory of this fun activity, tomorrow will be a better day!
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Gel all our measurement activiites in one place!!
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