# Volume Exploration Unit: Volume and Visible Cubes

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Why wait until midway through the year to begin "volume?" Or, worse yet, wait until "crunch time" right before standardized testing. Instead, introduce the concept to your children today, "feed" them tiny bits at a time, and by the time standardized testing rears its head, your students will be saying, "This is easy! Who said it was going to be hard?"

"Volume and Visible Cubes" is the first installment in a series of mathematics units relating to volume and geometry designed for grades 3-6 and aligned to the Common Core Standards. Included in this file packet are handouts introducing the concepts of cubic units and volume, as well as multiple reproducible worksheets (for use in class, math centers and/ or homework) featuring fun and engaging learning puzzles and challenges.

Note: This is an introductory unit for beginners, and every problem features cubic units that are visible. In other words, the children can see at least one face (or partial face) of every cubic unit (as opposed to "hidden" cubic units "buried" or surrounded by others such as the 27th center cube nestled inside a Rubik's Cube model made of snap cubes.)

Although seemingly odd at first, the many "snails" sprinkled throughout the worksheets provide not only an added element of interest and humor to the children, but also help to define the cubic units in the foreground from those in the background. In addition, they also serve as reference points that help both the teacher and students delineate one cubic unit from its surrounding look-a-like neighbors.

I also recommend using snap cubes throughout the unit. Manipulatives such as these allow the children to see each cubic figure from various angles or perspectives so they might quickly gain a more thorough understanding, as well as catch and comprehend any mistakes.

Once established and underway, "Volume and Visible Cubes" runs itself like clockwork. With little direction, the worksheets can be used to fill in extra time at the end of math class. They also can be distributed to those "distractful" students who somehow always tend to finish their class work early. In addition, the worksheets can also be useful as quick reviews during the "crunch" time before state standardized testing begins. Finally, "Volume and Visible Cubes" lends itself easily and readily to math centers. Simply open up a box of plastic snap cubes and hand the children a worksheet. The children will know what to do - with minimal teacher facilitation!

All of my products are rendered in black and white. Thus you should be able to neatly print them out on your school's printer, using your school's ink, on your school's paper (and not have to worry about gaining access to the color printer which many school administrators like to keep, well, let us politely say, off limits.)

Included in this packet:

Introduction to Visible Cubes (6 pages)

Welcome to the World of Visible Cubes (2 pages)

Cactus Cubes (2 pages)

Extra Practice with Visible Cubes (2 pages)

More Extra Practice with Visible Cubes (2 pages)

In Search of Visible Cubes (2 pages)

Enter the Secret World of Crystal Cubes (2 pages)

Stretch Your Imagination with Visible Cubes (5 pages)

I appreciate you taking the time to preview this product and hope it will prove of benefit to you and your children.

If you liked this product, don't forget to check out the second and third units in this series, "Volume and Hidden Cubes" and "Volume: Cubic Solids and Half Cubes." For more things weird, wild, wonderful, and slightly "out of the box," please visit my store, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (formerly "The Teacher's Twilight Zone.")

Thank you!

Robert Hall

2nd - 5th Grade Enrichment Teacher

Total Pages
26 pages
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2 Weeks
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