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Identify attributes of rectangular prisms by distinguishing between rectangles and prisms

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.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4

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Big Idea: Volume is a unique attribute of solid figures. This lesson introduces students to three-dimensional figures and their unique attribute of having a third-dimension. In previous grades, students explored two-dimensional shapes and their attributes, including area. Their only experience with volume was restricted to liquid volume. This lesson begins their exploration and conceptualization of the attributes of three-dimensional figures, by providing them with appropriate mathematical language used to differentiate between rectangles and rectangular prisms. Students will look at nets and prisms as they work on the concept that solid figures take up space and are three-dimensional. Special Materials: scissors (optional) tape (optional)