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 
 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).

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 