Lesson plan

3. Apply understanding of whether shapes have volume to real world situations (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/5/MD/C/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7

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Lesson objective: Apply understanding of whether shapes have volume to real world situations

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of whether or not a shape has volume to a real-life situation. Students are asked to go on a scavenger hunt for real world items that have volume and explain how they know the object in fact does have volume.  

Key Concept students will use: 

  • Volume is an attribute of solid figures, and is a measure of space inside the solid figure.

Skills students will use:

  • Identifying objects that have volume

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7 (look for and make use of structure) as they search for real-world items that fit the necessary criteria of a solid figure that has volume. For example, students should start to see that any real world object shaped like a rectangular prism will always have volume.  

Key vocabulary: 

  • volume
  • solid figure
  • three-dimensional
  • two-dimensional

Special materials needed:

  • none