How Much Water Do We Have?

Scripture: Genesis 13-14, 18-19

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Abraham and Lot.
  • Students will learn the workers of Lot and Abraham argued over who had the right to pasture land and wells.
  • Students will learn liquids are measured by volume.
  • Students will learn the basic measure of volume.
  • Students will participate in an activity to practice making comparisons between various units of volume.

Guiding Question: How can we compare two units of volume and discover how units of one it takes to create one unit of a larger measure of volume?

Materials: multiple instruments used to measure volume (ex: cups, liters, etc.), water

Procedure: Review the story of Abraham and Lot. Explain to students how Abraham and Lot had to separate their families and flocks because they had gotten too large. Explain to students that liquids like water are measured by volume. Ask students to name various units of volume. Divide students into small groups.Have them experiment placing water in one unit of volume and discovering/recording how many of that unit will fit into a larger unit. (Note: It may be necessary to demonstrate and practice accurate measurement for the experiment to work properly.) Once students have completed their volume chart, have them share their answers. Create a class chart comparing various measures of volume. (Ex: 2 cups = 1 pint)

Additional Questions:

  • How do liquid volume and dry volume differ? Why is it important to sometimes use different measuring instruments when measuring liquid and dry volume for a recipe??

Supplemental Activity: Have more advanced students research liquid and dry volume. Have them experiment with the different measuring instruments used in cooking when using liquid versus dry ingredients. How would using the incorrect measurement device change a recipe?