Design a Cube City...a study in volume!

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Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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This was a great end of the year activity. My students were really engaged and were able to apply all they'd learned about volume to this activity. They also loved the ability to show creativity.
My students are absolutely in love with this project. They were engaged and excited to build their cities.


Students use isometric dot paper to draw 3-D buildings and design their own cube cities. This project is a great culmination to any study in volume.

1. Teaching Notes

2. Student Sheets:
*Learn to Draw Cubes and Rectangular Prisms
*Draw Rectangular Prisms practice sheet
*Design a Mini Metropolis instruction sheet
*Metropolis Information Sheet, a table to collect information on volume and cost (3 options are included so teachers can select the one that best fits their students' needs: cubic cm, cubic units, blank for differentiation)
*Total Volume and Cost calculation sheet

3. Answer Keys (2), as applicable (many answers will vary)

4. Photos of Student Work

(Note: isometric dot paper is not included because this can be downloaded for free on the internet)

This project takes several days to complete. My students spent about 3 hours of in-class time; some took the projects home to complete.

The assignment requires students to:

1. draw some buildings with given dimensions, calculating volume
2. draw some buildings with a given volume, calculating dimensions
3. invent some buildings, calculating dimensions & volume

See the comments from users on how this activity might be used as a performance assessment for Common Core volume standards in grade 5. This could also be used as a STEM lesson.

My students love this project and it's a great way to apply what they've learned about volume! Enjoy!

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Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.


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