# Summary of lesson plan:

This activity allows students to explore the concept of volume. They will understand that volume is the amount of space a 3D object takes up. They will also be taught the formula for calculating volume.

# Australian Curriculum Links:

**Year 5:**Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass (ACMMG108).

# Lesson plan sequence:

Introduction:

- Students to write on post-it-notes their understanding of volume. Display these on the board.
- Discuss some of the students responses/clarify understanding.
**Create the****Definition:**Volume is the amount of space a 3D object takes up. It is measured in cubic units. Cm3 or m3.*Pronounced centimetres cubed or meters cubed.***Show the Formula:**Volume=length x width x height.- Display the link below:
- Model how to calculate the volume. Show another cube and have the class work out the volume.

Body:

- Provide students with 1cm cubic blocks (MAB blocks). Their task is to pretend to be an architect. They must design as many buildings as they can, only using 6 blocks. Each side of the cube must connect to the other. They must draw their designs and must show how they calculated the volume of each.

Conclusion:

- Ask “Is a building 6 blocks high the same as a building 6 blocks long? What is similar and different about the buildings you have made?”
- Provide students with the task of creating a shape that has a volume of 10cm3 – 20cm3 – 30cm3.

# Assessment:

- Show a picture of a bus. Explain that the person sitting at the front of the bus has complete control of their learning. The person sitting in the middle understands the task but is still a little confused. The person sitting at the back of the bus is very confused about the task.
- Students to locate their position on the bus. They will tell their partner where they are sitting on the bus and why they are in that position.

# Resources:

- Bus Reflection Tool (DOC)

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