Volume Activity: Your students will love designing their own aquatic center, complete with a diving pool, slide catch pool, and more! In this project, students will share their volume skills in an interview. Then, they will study similar pool plans and finish original pool plans with missing dimensions. Finally, they will design their own aquatic center and determine the volume of each pool, as well as the total volume of the park. Several extension and enrichment options are built into this project!
Humor is also included throughout the project due to a boss who wants to fill all the pools in the park with unit cubes because he doesn't know another way to measure volume, spilled apple sauce on important park plans, and has several more strange ideas for the park.
This 11 page project was created to cover the fifth grade math common core volume standards: 5.MD.3, 5.MD.4, and 5.MD.5. However, it could be used in any grade level as a fun project-based learning or end of year project. There are also 6 extension pages that incorporate measurement conversions (5.MD.1), line plots (5.MD.2), writing, and more math and critical thinking skills!
Two versions of the project included. A customary and metric version, as well as a metric system only version.
The metric system only version is easier due to having smaller numbers, so this version could be used to differentiate within your classroom.
This volume project can be split into pieces or used as a whole (for review or as an authentic assessment). The project is composed of several higher level questions that will get students thinking and help them develop a better understanding of volume of right rectangular prisms and other 3-D figures.
Answer keys included for questions in which answers do not vary, as well as a grading checklist for the aquatic center plans. (Since teachers may vary in how they will be grading the project, no rubric is included.)
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