When we moved to the Common Core standards this year, volume was a new skill for my 5th graders. Also, since there were three standards that addressed some aspect of volume, it was assessed more frequently than the other standards. I knew I needed to find or create some quality and engaging resources for teaching volume. I want to share with you two of my favorite resources for teaching volume.
When I introduce the skill, I always like to start with this Study Jams video. My students always love Study Jams video and this video is great for showing visuals to help the students understand the concept of volume. Click on the image below to check it out.
After introducing the skill through this video, we do a lot of building prisms and practicing the skill hands on. I created a volume resource pack that is full of ideas and printables to use throughout a unit on volume.
The printables have a variety of different volume skills for the students to practice. There are also a few printables that are activities that require the students to build and draw prisms. There is also a printable that has the students solving a performance based task involving cracker boxes with specific dimensions. There are three parts to this task and the students get to design their own cracker and cracker box design. They love that!
My favorite part of this resource are the math centers. The math centers include a little of everything: building prisms and calculating the volume of the prisms, spinning dimensions and then calculating volume, and then task cards that review a variety of volume skills.
One of the trickiest skills for the volume standards is additive volume. This resources includes a math task that is perfect for introducing the skill and then a separate printable for continued practice. Additive volume practice problems are also included in the task cards, exit slips, and assessments.
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