Medication Time


Age Group: 3 + students

Theme/Topic: Changing World, Changing Me

Curriculum Area:     Mathematics

Name of Activity:    Medication Time

Previous Knowledge: Some of the students know and remember what it is like to take medication.

Materials: Youtube videos; computer/tablet/phone; box of Panadol medication; sanitary cups; mug of juice; a student.

Strands:    Intellectual Empowerment, Wellness.



Children will be given opportunities to:

Cognitive:  understand how measurements such as volumes and liquid quantity works and how measurements change.


Affective:  participate in learning activity by listening activity, following instructions to change the shapes, making comments, responding to questions appropriately and enjoying the activity.


Psychomotor:   develop gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination by pouring, holding, and drinking to illustrate how some liquid measurement works based on how big or small the person is.


  • The teacher will get the two videos from on Youtube and put them on pause for awaiting the beginning of the lessons –
  • The teacher will make a mug of red juice so the students can pour a certain amount into their sanitary cups to measure among their peer’s cups.



  • The teacher will come into the classroom pretending to be sick and ask the students what they think is wrong with her and what she needs to get better.
  • The teacher will ask the students if any of them ever got sick and what did their parents do to get them better.
  • The teacher will take out a bottle of Panadol and ask them what it is. She will tell them it is medication to make her feel better and she opens the box and takes out the medication and the cup.
  • The teacher will look puzzled and sad as she tells the students she doesn’t know how much to take. She will tell them she needs to measure it to know how much to take.  She will explain the small cup in the box is used to measure the amount and, on the box will say how much people at various ages should take. 
  • The teacher will pour a small amount of the medication into the cup and ask the students if they think the measurement in the cup can change.
  • The teacher will call up a student and show that for a small child a small amount of the medication is needed but for a big person, like herself, a lot more of the medication is needed then she pours more into the cup.
  • The teacher will show students a short video of finding capacity on a computer/tablet/phone which explains how to measure how much liquid capacity is in three differently shaped mugs, this also shows how measurement can change.
  • The teacher will take out cups and a mug of red juice and give each child a chance to pour juice into their cups.
  • The teacher will tell the students to put all the cups of juice on the table next to each other and then call the students to come and look at all the cups to see if all the juice is at the same level in the cups. She will emphasize that measurements can change.
  • The teacher will tell the students to take their glass of juice and drink it.

ASSESSMENT:  The teacher will ask the students questions about measuring like:

  1. What is used to measure liquid like water or juice?
  2. Can you change measurements?
  3. What can you do to change measurements?



  • Another lesson on measurements – the teacher will conduct another lesson on liquid measurements.
  • Measuring at Home – the teacher will encourage parents to help students understand the concept by measuring as much liquid as possible when at home.