"V" is for Volume is a hands-on activity that teaches young students how to find volume of solid rectangular prisms. Students will use building blocks (cubes) or connecting cubes to build each shape given on the recording sheet. The higher level students will use multiplication to find the volume and check their answer by actually counting the cubes in the figure they built. Primary students may build the figure, then take it apart in layers as they count the blocks or cubes. Showing children that the rectangular prism is made of layers of blocks will help them visualize the unseen sections of the solid.
The primary version of this activity was created for 2nd grade students. It can be used in 1st or 3rd grade as well, and makes an excellent interactive activity for a small group or learning center. The intermediate version can be used by students who are experienced with basic multiplication facts. It might be used as an introductory lesson or as extra practice.
Created by Terry Palmieri, BZTeacher, this file includes a recording sheet and an easy to follow directions card for both Primary and Intermediate levels.
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volume, cubes, non-standard, Project CHILD, centers, activities; hands-on