Lesson Plan Title : Measuring Pots of Gold

Age Range: Grade 3 through grade 5 (Elementary)

Overview and Purpose: Everyone would like to have some of the Leprechaun's gold. In this activity, students use some of his secret supply to practice weighing and measuring.

Objective: The student will be able to practice the measuring skills using Leprechaun gold.


Gold marbles or rocks-usually found in a craft store

Food scale

Various measuring cups and spoons

Teacher created worksheet


Explain to the students that they are going to practice measuring Leprechaun gold. Divide the class into groups and pass out the gold, scales, measuring cups and spoons, and the worksheet. Have the students work together to answer the questions.

Sample questions:

1. How much does one cup of gold weigh?

2. Which is heaver 1/4 cup or 8 tablespoons of gold?

3. How many pieces of gold equal 3 ounces?

Wrap Up:

How small the measurements are that you can use will depend on how large or small the marbles and rocks are. You can always add gold painted pebbles to the mix if you want to use smaller measurements.