Sweet Measurements

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In this activity on page 3 of the PDF, learners investigate how much sugar is in a soda. Learners use sugar cubes to measure and calculate the amount of sugar in a bottle of soda. Use this activity to discuss sugar and nutrition.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Empty soda bottle or can with a "Nutrition Facts" label (8 or 12 oz., not diet soda)
  • Kitchen or postal balance with a gram scale
  • Box of sugar cubes
  • Tongs
  • Calculator (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Measurement
    • Number and Operations
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Office of Community Activities, American Chemical Society


  • All rights reserved, American Chemical Society, 2004