Students use interlocking cubes to build 3-dimensional figures and determine the volume. This activity develops visual-spatial skills as students are shown an arrangement of cubes for a short period of time then must construct them using cubes that snap together. The activity is presented in a PowerPoint. The first sheet contains directions for the teacher. The last slide can be printed for students to problem solve using the skills they develop throughout the activity.
I have used this activity with 5th through 8th grade students. The figures become progressively more difficult to build with each figure, but through discussion with classmates about strategies to build the figures students become more confident in the constructions.
You can download the preview to see the instructions and the first figure. The slides with the pictures of the figures will advance automatically because the students only have 3 seconds to look at the figure before building it. There are two chances to see each figure. It seems like a short amount of time, but it is enough. All other slides need to be advanced by a click.
Building Solid Figures: Developing Volume Concepts with Cubes
by For Love of Learning
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