## Task

Malik is using a cookbook to make a recipe, but he can not find his measuring cups! He has, however, found a tablespoon. Inside the back cover of the cookbook, it says that 1 cup = 16 tablespoons.

- Explain how he could use the tablespoon to measure out the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of flour
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 1¼ cup of oatmeal

- Malik also adds the following ingredients. How many cups of each did he add?
- 28 tablespoons of sugar
- 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Use of the following representations is optional:

## IM Commentary

The purpose of this instructional task is for students to use rate and ratio reasoning to solve unit conversion problems. In grade 6, unit conversion should be approached as a case of ratio reasoning, rather than a separate procedure to learn, and this task is an example of what that might look like. This task should come after students have spent time building up their understanding of equivalent ratios and are comfortable with some different representations of equivalent ratios.

The task could be made more challenging in MP5, selecting and using appropriate tools, by taking away the representation templates (the double number line and the table), and giving students the opportunity to create them on their own.

To help students who might struggle with MP2, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, a teacher might provide some concrete measuring tools for experimentation:

- cup measures of different sizes
- tablespoon measure
- a container of a substance that can be poured (like water with food coloring or dry rice)
- an empty container