More than a mnemonic, this activity helps students remember that in one gallon there are 4 quarts, 8 pints, and 16 cups. But more importantly, this little activity helps to lay the foundations of more abstract mathematical concepts like variables. (great for a Math Center activity!)
The story is simple, and goes something like this. ‘Once upon a time in the land of Gallon there ruled four Queens who had each had one Prince and one Princess who each had two Children’. Hand out the activity worksheet before or after you tell them this story. Have your students spend a little time coloring in the letters. Ask them what each letter stands for and why they are written the way they are.
By having your students think about the letters that represent say, queens or quarts, you will help them to visualize the abstract nature of variables which is fundamental to their future success in more advanced math classes. Using this method teaches math concepts in a manner similar to the way students learn language and vocabulary.
(Note: Black and white images are designed for traditional photocopied printable worksheets while the color renditions are designed for digital devices, e.g. an iPad or tablet.)
Help make math fun and meaningful.
This unit activity meets or exceeds 21st Century and STEM learning expectations, and Common Core learning outcomes. (I think STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, should be changed to STEAM, where 'A' stands for Art. What do you think?)