Pour Some: Measure Serving Size

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Make snack time into measuring time and learn to read Nutrition Facts labels. Try this when you’re using “pourable” foods, such as cereal, yoghurt, or juice. As a group, choose measurements for each serving size. For instance, 1/4 cup is a “small” serving of cereal; 1/2 cup is “medium”; and ¾ cup is “large.” A pair circulates with the food and measuring cup, taking and filling everyone’s orders. Then, explore what’s on the “serving size” on the food package Nutrition Facts label. How does it compare to the serving size? [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Food with serving size listed in cups (e.g., 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup) on the Nutrition Facts label
  • Measuring cup
  • Serving supplies (bowls, napkins, etc.)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Solid Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Systems
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
      • Number Systems
    • Reasoning and Proof
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Mixing in Math


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Funding Source:

  • NSF, ESI-0406675 and DRL-0713537