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Calculate the volume of a right rectangular prism using its dimensions

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/5/MD/C/4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7

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Big Ideas: We can calculate volume by multiplying the base cubes by the height of the rectangular prism. This lesson builds on students’ previous work with finding volume of rectangular prisms by counting the cubic units. This task will give students the experience of multiplying the base times the height to calculate volume. The task develops conceptual understanding of why multiplication works by having them multiply layers of cubes. The mathematical concepts in this lesson prepare students for a conceptual understanding of the standard algorithm for volume. Vocabulary: rectangular prism, volume, solid, depth