Introduce the concept of volume with our hands-on Volume 1 Lesson Plan. Students will experience the practical application of volume formulas and generalize the importance of measuring volume. Solidify understanding as students measure the classroom and determine the room’s volume.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display a large empty box. Ask students how they can figure out the amount of space inside the box.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce volume.
- Distribute Volume 1 content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Include other examples to help students understand the formulas. Be sure students know how to use exponents and multiply using fractions. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Tell students they are free to shade and decorate each shape before cutting them apart. Be sure students understand where to fold the outlines.
- Once all students have completed, review the correct answers. The key shows approximate answers and may vary depending on precision of cutting and if pages were enlarged.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students for reasons volume is used and if they have ever used it for anything. Also ask, what figure do you most often see each day?
- Allow for responses and discussion. (packaging, water in a pool, etc.)
- Have a couple students measure the size of the classroom and allow students to determine the volume of the room.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.3, CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.4, CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.5, CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.A.2.C, CCSS.Math.Content.6.G.A.2
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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