Volume: Prisms, Cylinders, Pyramids, and Cones


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This lesson allows students to identify, measure, and solve problems using the volume of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, and cones. Students begin by discussing volume as they experience it in everyday life, defining the various three-dimensional shapes involved here, and exploring the formulae for finding volume in those shapes. Students then complete two worksheets consisting of real-world and mathematical problems for which students need to calculate volume. The assessment for the lesson is one word problem which requires students to calculate the volume of two cylinders with the same surface area to determine which has the largest capacity. There are also links to six web sites which allows students to practice finding volume on cubes, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, and cones. Less

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    Grade: PS/Pre-K to 12

    Topics: Measurement & Tools, Area & Volume, Professional Development, Mathematics


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