We started with 4 half sheets of different colored construction paper.
The first we left whole and wrote:
(no picture, sorry)
Then we took the next color, folded it into fourths, and wrote 1 quart on each fourth. Then we talked about how this is the same capacity as 1 gallon (because the papers are the same size). Then we cut it and place it on top of the gallon paper.
We did the same to the pints, but cut them in eighths :)
And then we did cups, but I didn't get a picture. Sorry.
Then we glued the dude together! The students LOvEd it!
Oh! Everyone got a "head" for their little guy that was 1/4 of a piece of construction paper. The students immediately made the connection to a half gallon. It was awesome!
And here are the finished product before I put them in the hallway.
I love incorporating hands-on activities! How do you teach capacity?