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Old 02-25-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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A few years ago I came across this thread with a post about something called "Land of Gallon" I've used it each year since then with great success, so I continue to recommend it. What I love about it most is that once students learn the little story, they can draw it out (on scratch paper during the state test) to figure the liquid equivalents.

I used to use Gallon Man, but it used up a lot of time and paper. For many students, the visual didn't stay with them so they would forget it unless they were looking at it. Now that we use this little story with the visual it comes to them more readily.

I introduced it yesterday with my students and decided to make up a page-sized poster that I can leave posted as a reference. I couldn't decide which I liked best, so I'm posting all poster versions along with the page I gave to my students to make their own diagram.

I can't convert it into a PDF so I hope the fonts don't go out of alignment. I tried to use fonts that most computers would have. Also, as a Word document, you can change or delete anything to fit your needs.

Hope it's useful to someone out there!


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Old 02-25-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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That's pretty cool! thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-25-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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Thanks! This will help.
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Thank you!
Old 02-25-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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This is great! My third graders will enjoy it
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Old 02-25-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing! It is exactly what I need!


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Love it!
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I have never seen this version. Thanks for passing it along. I can't wait to show my class.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing.
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so cute!
Old 02-25-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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I, too, use the gallon man each year, but I think this is much better! What a cute story, and I bet the kids do remember the story & visual...thanks so much for sharing!
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:32 PM
 
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What a cute idea - thanks for sharing.
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Another great idea
Old 02-25-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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Another great idea, Risa...thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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We just finished our measurement unit and used the Gallon Guy but I really like your "Land of the Gallon". I'll be sure to use it next year!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Loved your post. I'll be starting liquid measurement in a few weeks and this will certainly be helpful!!
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I used this today!
Old 02-26-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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Loved it. Thanks.
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Saves paper
Old 02-26-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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Thanks,
this will save lots of time cutting/sorting paper. I think in the long run the kids will remember it better because it is so quick.
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So Much Better
Old 02-26-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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I love this - much less time consuming than Gallon Man!! And I agree that unless the kids are looking at it, they don't/aren't able to use it.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:03 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Great idea! Thanks.
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Just in case... also use the 'real thing'
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I'm thrilled that so many are finding this useful but, just in case it needs to be said, I found that my students also needed to see what the gallon, quart, pint, and cup containers all looked like. In my case it is especially important because they speak Spanish at home and may not be as familiar with those words in English.

I have some milk and juice cartons that are always being tossed from side to side in my cabinets because I only use them for a short while. BUT when I use them to show the approximations for each unit of measurement, they are well worth keeping around from year to year. If I worked with younger children, I'd be sure to actually have them physically pouring those amounts into the containers, as well.

Now, I am probably 'preaching to the choir' but I just needed to say this because I had so many of my students asking for more explanation about each of the words in this little story. I was glad I could readily pull out those cartons when they were needed. It made me realize that what I consider to be 'every day' words, are not always as commonly known to my English Learners.

By the way: I DID NOT make up the story. I heard about it here on ProTeacher. I came up with the page where students make their own drawings and the posters to use as reference.

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Clever, clever, clever!
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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Thank you for sharing your Gallon Land materials. We use Big G to help our kids but I think the story will help them remember better. Your posters are wonderful. I love the crown.

Thank you for sharing!
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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I love it!!! It's yet another resource to help another student. I have some that draw the big G, but then can't apply it. Maybe the story will help.
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Fun...
Old 02-27-2010, 05:02 AM
 
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I've used Gallon Guy and Girl. Depending on the class, it does take time. I will try this version. Thanks for the ideas and tips.
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That is very creative, thanks for sharing.
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This is so creative and very helpful. My students will love it!
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Thank you soooooo much!!
Old 02-28-2010, 04:37 AM
 
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The story will help the visual!
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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I just found this. It's great! Thank you Risa.
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Great idea
Old 03-20-2010, 03:20 AM
 
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Thank you!!!! Love doing artistic and fun things with the kids
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Wow!
Old 03-21-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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This is perfect to use with the third grader I just started tutoring. We used actual containers and poured and such but this will be a good way to remember them. Thanks!
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Love it!
Old 07-19-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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I like this better than gallon man!
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Thanks a Gallon
Old 07-22-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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Wow! I love this and can't wait to use it. I have used the visual but never had the story to go with it. This will help so much.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:09 PM
 
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My kids love anything with a good story to it. It seems to help it stick! They have all seen and participated in making Gallon man before, but it doesn't seem to be helping in their understanding. I hope this will help. Thank you for sharing!
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