Saturday, November 3, 2012

Capacity and Measurement Conversion

This is a great math picture book for teaching capacity and measurement conversion.(Pastry School in Paris: An Adventure in Capacity) After reading the book, I let the students make Surprise Pudding. I buy a large box of instant pudding for each group of 5 students. I take the pudding out of the box, so they can't read the recipe on the box. (That's  why I call it surprise pudding.) I give them a recipe card that requires them to convert to cups. Students get to do all the measuring and mixing. This is great for those students who don't have any experiences in cooking. Finally, we all enjoy a little taste of Surprise Pudding. Click on the picture below for your free copy of this activity.


  1. Great idea Selina! I like how you are forcing them to do the conversions before they can make the pudding. I bet they love this.

    Teaching in Room 6

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! They do enjoy it.


  2. Good idea, Selina! And tasty too!

    Do you have any activities or know of any resources for converting within metric units--meters to millimeters, for example?

    I'm stuck!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade