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Introduction to volume

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jan 25, 2008 at 23:28:33
Subject: Re: Introduction to volume

Hi James,

If you are looking for ways to help your students want to explore volume,
you may consider having them organize a set of containers in order from the
one they think will hold the least, to the one they think will hold the
most.  Then have them use rice, or styrofoam packing peanuts, or water, or
sand  whatever best fits your circumstances  to verify their predictions.

You can also have them build boxes using graph paper.  They cut out a
rectangle, then remove the same size square from each corner, fold up the
edges and tape them.  They can fill the box with small cubes, or with rice,
sand, popcorn, etc. to see how much it will hold.  Then, they can cut out
another rectangle, of the same size, and change the size of the squares
they remove, and predict how the volume will change.

 -Gail, for the T2T service

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