Measuring Volume

ACTIVITY HEADER

 

 

 

Name of Activity

Measuring Volume

Author

Laurie Cormler

Keywords

units, perimeter, area, volume, measurements, surface area, LEGO

Subject

Non-LEGO, 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

  1. 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.
  2. Next, have student measure various objects in the room with units such as thumb or arm lengths.
  3. Next have students find the volume of LEGO shapes and figure out how many bricks would make the object a complete cube.
  4. 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).

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

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