Measurement

UK Primary (3-6)

Measure and estimate capacity of objects

Lesson

Capacity is a word to describe how much something holds. We often use this when we think about liquids.

When we estimate a capacity, we work out roughly how much something will hold. Watch this video to learn more about how to estimate the capacity of objects.

To estimate capacities it helps if we compare them to known items, such as, one litre of milk or a 25 litre bag of soil. We call this strategy benchmarking.

Now try these questions for yourself.

Choose the best estimate for the capacity of a wheelbarrow.

$1200$1200 litres

A$50$50 litres

B$420$420 litres

C$2$2 litres

D$1200$1200 litres

A$50$50 litres

B$420$420 litres

C$2$2 litres

D

Jug B has a capacity of $2$2 litres.

Jug B = $2$2 L |

Estimate the capacity of jug A.

$10$10 L

A$1$1 L

B$250$250 mL

C$1$1 mL

D$10$10 L

A$1$1 L

B$250$250 mL

C$1$1 mL

D

We can also measure quantities using containers with a measurement scale on them. This means we work out the exact amount in the container. Watch this video to learn about reading measurement scales.

Now try these questions for yourself.

What is the volume of water contained in the measuring cylinder?

Bill's drink bottle has a capacity of $200$200 mL, and Elizabeth's drink bottle has a capacity of $400$400 mL. Bill drinks $4$4 bottles every day and Elizabeth drinks $2$2 bottles every day.

Choose the correct statement:

Elizabeth drinks more than Bill drinks.

ABill drinks the same amount as Elizabeth drinks.

BBill drinks more than Elizabeth drinks.

CElizabeth drinks more than Bill drinks.

ABill drinks the same amount as Elizabeth drinks.

BBill drinks more than Elizabeth drinks.

C

Remember!

To estimate capacity think of other known objects and then compare.

To read a measurement, look at the scale and then read the value.