Lesson plan

Solve metric volume word problems by converting larger units to smaller units

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/MD/A/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7

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Big Ideas: When solving volume measurement word problems, measurement units need to be converted to the same unit before calculating. We must look at the number and the unit when we are comparing measurements. This lesson builds on students’ previous work with volume in grade three. In this task, students explore metric volume conversions through a word problem. Students will convert from a larger unit to a smaller unit to determine whether or not Emma bought enough fruit punch for her movie night. Students will discover they must convert to the same unit before making calculations. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build towards students’ future work with measurement problem solving in grade 5. Vocabulary: volume, capacity, milliliter, liter Special Materials: Formative Assessment Handout (optional-see Supplementary Resources at end of lesson plan)