Volume Lab

In this lab, students use both critical thinking and math skills as they measure volume using tools adapted for visual impairment.

Volume is simply defined as the amount of space that something take up. In this lab, students use adapted beakers to measure volume accurately to 100 mL. The metric unit for volume, the liter, is utilized.

Please see Kate Fraser’s excellent video description of the use of the volume measurement equipment.   The tools she uses work in a similar manner.



Notched syringe
Notched syringe


The image is of the 100 mL beaker.
100 mL beaker


In the metric system, the liter is used to measure the volume of a liquid or gas.

Measure the following volumes of water into a bowl using the beakers.  Allow your instructor to check your measurements.

  1. 1,000 ml
  2. 400 ml
  3. 1,200 ml
  4. 2,000 ml
  5. 2,100 ml

Once you are comfortable with the tools used to measure volume (beakers), measure the volume of water in the soda bottle. 

Record your measurement

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Attached is a more complicated lab requiring the use of adapted syringes as well as beakers. 

See Volume Lab v 2 for this lab. 

NGSS Standards

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity – 5th grade

By Laura Hospitál

Collage of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments about Volume

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