Capacity is the space something takes up. Capacity if often
measured in milliliters, liters, cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. We
measure liquids such as gasoline, pop, and milk by capacity.
- Take a Tablespoon and a measuring cup. Estimate how many
Tablespoons are in a cup. Using a pitcher of water, fill a
Tablespoon and dump it into a cup. Continue to do this until the
cup measures up to one. How many Tablespoons did it take?
- Which is larger in capacity a liter or a quart? Take an empty
liter container and an empty quart container. Fill which you think
is smaller with water. Pour the full container into the larger; it
should fit with room to spare if your choice was correct.
- Have students bring in canned goods. Cover the weight and then
have them guess how much each can weighs. See if students can find
two cans that weigh the same.