Name of Activity  Measuring Volume 

Author  Laurie Cormler 
Keywords  units, perimeter, area, volume, measurements, surface area, LEGO 
Subject  NonLEGO, LEGO Building 
Grade Level  4, 5, 6 
Time  1 Hour Total 
Brief Description  Students will learn about units, perimeter, area and volume by measuring various objects around a room and finding their volume and surface area. 
Lesson Objectives:  To learn about volume, area, and perimeter. To learn about three dimensional space. 
Materials Needed:  LEGO shapes (a cube of LEGO bricks) Rulers Scrap paper Scissors Tape 
Preparation and Set Up:  Make copies of activity worksheet (attached). Arrange Students into groups of 2. Distribute materials. 
Necessary Background  Vocabulary: Area Formula Perimeter Volume 
Procedure 

Extensions:  Have students find a conversion factor from thumb units to inches or centimeters. 
Reference 1  http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/MeasuringVolumeWorksheet.doc 
Reference 2  http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/MeasuringVolumeWriteUp.doc 