Name of Activity Measuring Volume Laurie Cormler units, perimeter, area, volume, measurements, surface area, LEGO Non-LEGO, LEGO Building 4, 5, 6 1 Hour Total Students will learn about units, perimeter, area and volume by measuring various objects around a room and finding their volume and surface area. To learn about volume, area, and perimeter. To learn about three dimensional space. LEGO shapes (a cube of LEGO bricks) Rulers Scrap paper Scissors Tape Make copies of activity worksheet (attached). Arrange Students into groups of 2. Distribute materials. Vocabulary: Area Formula Perimeter Volume Have students fill out the beginning of the worksheet that asks for definitions and formulas. If students do not know these formulas write them on the board and have students copy them down. Next, have student measure various objects in the room with units such as thumb or arm lengths. Next have students find the volume of LEGO shapes and figure out how many bricks would make the object a complete cube. Finally, have student create their own object using the template on the worksheet and figure out the volume using a ruler (The dimensions should fit on the paper). Have students find a conversion factor from thumb units to inches or centimeters. http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/MeasuringVolumeWorksheet.doc http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/MeasuringVolumeWriteUp.doc
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