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Cooking with kids: measurement

While tutoring fourth grade students in math this morning, the discussion led to the issue of measurement. It occurred to me that, in a global society such as we live in today, it is not enough for our children to know how to convert units within the same system (English to English/metric to metric) but also between systems (English ↔ metric).

gallon of milk
gallon of milk
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Make sure you use the right one
Make sure you use the right one
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In particular, students should know the standard comparisons between English and metric units of length, volume and weight. For the purpose of future recipes, keep this information handy to help with any conversions that may need to be made.

Volume:

English Metric

1 quart (qt) 946 milliliters (almost 1 liter)

1 cup (c) 240 milliliters (ml)

½ cup 120 milliliters

¼ cup 60 milliliters

1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) 15 milliliters

1 teaspoon (tsp) 5 milliliters

Weight:

2.2 pounds (lb) 1 kilogram (kg)

1 pound 454 grams (g)

½ pound 225 grams

¼ pound 113 grams

1 ounce 28 grams

English Equivalents

1 Tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

1 cup = 16 Tablespoons

1 cup = 8 fluid ounces

1 quart = 2 pints

1 quart = 4 cups

1 quart = 32 fluid ounces

1 gallon = 4 quarts

1 stick butter (margarine) = ½ cup = 8 Tablespoons