STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Volume with Containers

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Can you place containers in order by volume?

*** Please note: This lesson is available in a combination package.

STEM Challenges are great activities to engage students in their learning. Kids love the hands-on experiences!

This one day challenge will help your students visualize and understand volume as they compare sizes of containers and their volume. Students will examine seven different containers with volumes they cannot easily distinguish by merely looking at them. They will try to order the containers from least volume to greatest volume - using only observation. After attempting this, students complete two more activities to try ordering the containers- each time adding a new way to measure. Finally, they will participate in a discussion of the results and talk about how their perceptions of the containers and the actual volume of the containers compare.

You will need materials in addition to this lesson guide! This includes: seven different sizes and shapes of containers (common items like plastic cups, standing test tubes, round pans, etc.); rice (or similar item to use with measuring); scoops ( a 3 ounce cup works); and dishpans or trays.

The lesson guide provides a materials list and then step-by-step procedures to follow to make this a successful experience. A page of Helpful Hints gives ideas of specific things to make this easier and fun. A page of Extensions gives ideas of continuing the activity as a whole class or in your science/math centers. Two lab sheets are provided and a page of photos to help you set up everything.

The package specifically contains: Cover, Teacher Background page, Materials and Preparation page, 2 pages of Step-by-Step Procedures, Extensions page, Helpful Hints page, 2 Lab sheets, 2 pages of labels in color and black and white, Photo page, and Credits page.

This set works great with two other volume challenges:
STEM Challenge- Exploring Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge - Exploring Volume with Scoops

This challenge is also available in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Challenges- A Bundle of STEM Activities about Volume

Or, even better this challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Math Skills

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STEM Challenge- Catapults
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STEM Quick Challenge: Spoon Tower
STEM Quick Challenge: Mechanical Hand

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STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Volume with Containers
STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Volume with Containers
STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Volume with Containers
STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Volume with Containers