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Exploring Volume: A FREE Hands-On Activity


Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
I feel like I've been filling my blog with so many geometry activities lately, and today will be no exception.  #sorrynotsorry  This is seriously one of my favorite units.  This week, we were finally ready to dive into three-dimensional objects!

Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
I partnered up my students, passed out a handful of blocks, and gave them a shape to cut out.  Even though we were working in groups of two, we all had the same shape.  I wanted to explore what volume was, and how to calculate it with a common example.

Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
After filling their shape with cubes, I asked them to talk with their partner about a possible formula.  My students were excited to create their own formula, versus just being told the formula.  I love this strategy, because I think they remember the formula later down the road.

Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
After they had a possible formula, I passed out a sheet of grid paper.  I asked them to create their own shape.  After cutting out their shapes, I asked them to fill their shape with blocks, and TEST their formula.  We had major light bulb moments here!!!!  I had one group that thought that the formula was
V = l x w x 2.  
When this group created their own example, they discovered that their formula was incorrect.  I LOVED hearing them discover and explain why their first formula wasn't correct.

Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
After everyone had the opportunity to create their own shapes, I numbered them, and hid them around the room.

Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
Then, we hunted the room to find each shape and calculate the volume! :)

Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
 You can grab the grid paper and example foldable by clicking the image above!

Students love a hands on learning activity! This simple FREE printable will get your students up and their brains moving while coming up with their formula to calculate the volume of the shape they created. Then having the students create their own shape, and the rest of the class must find the volume, creates a bunch of AH HA moments! Be sure to grab this freebie!{freebie, geometry, math activities, upper elementary}
I always practice and work in small groups after an activity like this with task cards!  You can find my Volume Task Cards by clicking the image above!

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