In the following lab, students enjoy a "hands-on" activity to learn the reasoning behind the formulas used in calculating for volume in two solids, the pyramid and the prism.
* Students draw the nets on poster board for a pyramid and a prism, given precise measurements.
* Students carefully cut the nets out and fold according to directions.
* Students use unpopped popcorn, uncooked rice, or dried beans to fill their solids.
* Students compare the volume of a pyramid and a prism with the same base and height.
* Students Students use their results to write a formula for the volume of a pyramid relative to the formula for the volume of a prism.
* This activity takes approximately 30-45 minutes.
* This activity is aligned with CCSS
* Following the activity, students fully understand that the volume of a pyramid is one third the volume of a prism with the same base and the same height.
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