Fill it to Capacity

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In this math lesson, learners rotate through six estimating and measuring centers. First, learners read the book, "Room for Ripley" by Stuart J. Murphy, as an introduction to measurement and estimation. Next, learners visit the six centers. At each center, learners estimate and measure how many cups of water it will take to fill various containers.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • "Room for Ripley" by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Measuring cups for each center
  • Funnels for each center
  • Water for each center
  • 1 pint cottage cheese container
  • 1 quart pickle jar
  • Gallon milk carton
  • 1/2 gallon orange juice container
  • 1 quart mayonnaise jar
  • 1 pint pickle jar
  • Filled to Capacity sheets


  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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