Discovering Volume {Measurement Activity}


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Students will need a large number of 1” cubes (wooden or plastic), a collection of various sizes of boxes (cereal, tea, crackers, etc.), rulers, pencils and paper.

Put students into pairs and give each pair two different sized boxes. Students will use the cubes to measure volume. This is a great way to introduce a unit on volume. Students will follow these directions projected on the overhead screen:

1. Fill up one box with the 1-inch cubes.
2. How many 1-inch cubes does it take to fill up/make up the length of the box?
3. How many 1-inch cubes does it take to fill up/make the width of the box? Height?
4. How many total cubes does it take to fill the entire box? Record your answer.
5. Write this formula: V = L x W x H (Volume = Length x Width x Height)
6. Use a ruler to measure the length, width and height of the box. Record your answer.
7. Is your answer to number 4 the same as your answer to number 6?

As a bonus, provide them the next day with bigger boxes and have them use cubes or measure volume with rulers.

You can also download a PDF version of this game to file away for later here on my site or on TeachersPayTeachers.

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