Lesson plan

5. Identify cubic objects (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.3a http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/5/MD/C/3/a
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5

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Lesson objective: Practice identifying cubic objects

Cubic objects and non-cubic objects are used here to support student understanding of the attributes of geometric shapes. This work develops students' understanding that a cube, with the side length 1 unit, is called a “unit cube” and can be used to measure volume. 

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 5 (use appropriate tools strategically) as they decide which objects should be used to measure volume of three dimensional figures.

Key vocabulary:

  • cubic
  • unit cube
  • cubic unit
  • inch cube
  • cubic inches
  • centimeter cube
  • cubic centimeter
  • volume