Room for Ripley

Students learn how to measure liquid, volume, and units of cup, pint, quart, and gallon.  

Materials: Room for Ripley by Stuart J. Murphy, cup, pint, quart, and gallon containers with water,  four different colors of construction paper for each student, fasteners or glue, and computer with Internet connection.  

Book Overview: 
Carlos can't wait to get his very own fish, a guppy named Ripley. But first he has to make Ripley a good home, and that includes filling up the fish bowl with water. Readers will learn about cups, pints, quarts, and gallons as they find out just how much water it will take before there's room for Ripley.


  1. The teacher will begin by reviewing standard units of measurement. Review inch, foot and yardstick.  

  2. Also review ruler and yardstick use.  Set purpose for reading:  What can we use to measure liquids?  When would we need to measure liquids?  (discuss recipes)  

  3. Read story.  

  4. Ask children to tell the units of measurement that the boy used to measure liquid.    

  5. Introduce containers:  cup, pint, quart, and gallon.  

  6. Show students using water how 1 gallon = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 16 cups.  

  7. Introduce "Measurement Man" activity.  

Web Activities:  Complete work on Measurement Book Project.(see Web Activities).

Assessment:   Completion of Measurement Book project.  

Home Learning:  Students will complete the activity at,

Extension Activity:  Choose a recipe that calls for use of cups, pints and quarts (such as Kool-Aid) and make with the class.