Measures in the primary curriculum

Capacity - first and second class

Content for first class

The child should be enabled to

• Estimate, compare, measure and record capacity using non-standard units?
Use vocabulary such as pour, fill, full, empty, holds more, less or the same amount as.
Find the capacity of a larger container by using teaspoons, egg-cups, and cups.
Find containers that hold more or less than a given container; estimate, and check by measuring
• Select and use appropriate non-standard measuring units and instruments.
Choose a measuring unit from a selection.
Which container is best for filling the bucket? Why?
• Estimate, measure and record capacity using standard unit (the litre) and solve simple problems?
Discuss the need for standard units?
Collect sets of containers that hold more than, less than or about the same as a litre.
Collect litre containers of different shapes and sizes; label; check capacity by pouring from one to the other.
How many children could have a full cup of water from a litre bottle?

Content for second class

The child should be enabled to

• Estimate, compare, measure and record the capacity of a wide variety of containers using non-standard units.
Estimate comparative capacity of two containers by sight; check by measuring and discuss results.
Fill several containers using the same unit and arrange in order of capacity. Discuss observations and findings.
Make a collection of different-shaped containers that hold the same amount.
• Select and use appropriate non-standard measuring units and instruments
• Estimate, measure and record capacity using litre, half-litre and quarter-litre bottles and solve simple problems.
Make collections of bottles of differing shapes but similar capacity.
Compare capacity of litre, half litre and quarter litre containers.
Ask the children to suggest reasons why some liquids are sold in a variety of different-sized or different-shaped cartons.