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Capacity Questions: Milliliters and Liters

1. Which of the following should not be measured in liters or milliliters? (Circle one.) gasoline orange juice potatoes dish soap

Why wouldn't you use liters or milliliters to measure this item? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 2. Complete the table. Metric Units for Measuring Capacity Customary or Standard Units for Measuring Capacity

____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ 3. Is 250 grams of water the same as 250 milliliters of water? Explain. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 4. Which would be more likely to be measured in liters: a can of soda or gasoline? Explain why. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Challenge: Make a list of 25 different things that could be measured in liters or milliliters.

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Capacity Questions: Milliliters and Liters

1. Which of the following should not be measured in liters or milliliters? (Circle one.) gasoline orange juice potatoes dish soap

Why wouldn't you use liters or milliliters to measure this item? Potatoes should not be measured in milliliters because they are a solid. Solids don't take the shape of their container, so their space cannot be easily measured in liters or milliliters. 2. Complete the table. Metric Units for Measuring Capacity milliliters liters also accept: cubic centimeters, deciliters, centiliters, and kiloliters Customary or Standard Units for Measuring Capacity gallons quarts pints cups also accept: fluid ounces, tablespoons, and teaspoons 3. Is 250 grams of water the same as 250 milliliters of water? Explain. No because a gram is a unit for measuring mass while a milliliter is a unit for measuring capacity or volume. 4. Which would be more likely to be measured in liters: a can of soda or gasoline? Explain why. Gasoline is more likely to be measured in liters because it is purchased in larger amounts. A can of soda is usually measured in milliliters to avoid fractions or decimals on the can. Challenge: Make a list of 25 different things that could be measured in liters or milliliters.

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