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This is a PowerPoint story I wrote to help some of my students remember the customary equivalents of one gallon.
The story involves the villagers being unable to write words so they drew pictures. The end result is that students will draw a mnemonic device that will help them remember the equivalent amounts.
My students remember stories, but often will not remember equivalent amounts of customary units of capacity. There are also plays on words, such as the castle was FILLED with prince and princesses, etc.
Students like telling the story and illustrating it as they go. Giving them the opportunity to draw the message also involves them in the story and holds their attention. When a new student or an absent student comes, they all want to be able to share the story of Capacity Kingdom when I ask for volunteers. They will often share with other students at lunch, which is increasing their remembering the conversions.
When it comes time for mandated testing, when they know the story well, they can draw the mnemonic device on their scrap paper if needed and answer those capacity conversion questions correctly.
So why not take your students on a trip to Capacity Kingdom to meet Gary Gallon's family.
This is a read-only file and is included in version 03 and 07.
Have a great learning day!
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