Lesson Plan

Calculating Volume Using the Formula (L x W x H)

Students will begin to calculate volume of different rectangular prisms using base ten cubes and then transition to using the formula V = L x W x H. Students will then practice using the legendary fifth grade activity, Cootie Catchers.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to calculate volume of rectangular prisms using the formula V = L x W x H.


(5 minutes)
Calculate the Volume of Rectangular Prisms using Cootie Catchers
  • Show students a rectangular prism.
  • Ask, if they were to find the volume of this figure (or, how much space can fit inside it) how might they do that? Entertain suggestions, reminding students cubic units are used to measure volume.
  • Lead students to the idea that we would need to find out how many cubes would fit inside of it.