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6. Find volume of pyramids (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.B.6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/G/B/6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.7.NS.A.3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/NS/A/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
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Lesson objective: Find the volume of regular pyramids with rectangular and triangular bases.

This lesson helps to build skill with finding volumes of pyramids. Images of three-dimensional figures are used here because they support understanding the properties of a three-dimensional figure from a two-dimensional image. This work develops students' understanding that volume of a three-dimensional figure is always a measure of the amount of space taken up by the figure.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7: Look for and make use of structure as they learn the importance of the relationship between a pyramid and a rectangular prism of the same height, to find the volume of the pyramid.

Key vocabulary:

  • base
  • face
  • prism
  • pyramid
  • slant height
  • vertical height
  • volume