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.
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.
Last edited by Risa; 02-26-2010 at 08:22 PM..
Reason: Edited to add: the last paragraph
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!