volume Archives - Mary Kienstra

Volume and Surface Area – with boxes

By: Mary Kienstra on: April 11, 2015  in: math engagement, median, volume

When teaching volume and surface area, there is no better way than to get out the rectangular prisms (a.k.a. boxes) and let the students figure it out.  On days like this, I like to get out of their way and just watch it unfold. Last year I realized that volume and surface area cannot be explored […] Read more

Learning Volume with Cubes

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 3, 2015  in: Engagement, volume

The best way to introduce volume to fourth graders is to play with cubes.  This week my students are learning volume, one cube at a time, by building rectangular prisms with little wooden cubes.  At first glance, it appears they are “playing” with kindergarten blocks, but in reality, they are learning to calculate volume.  Learning […] Read more

Let Them Measure: Volume Measurements

By: Mary Kienstra on: June 19, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement, Math, measure, nets, surface area, volume, worksheets

We’ve all had those days where things just don’t go the way you think it should.  You plan the lesson with all the critical elements to meet the target, but when the students get started, there is no excitement, no spark.  It’s just boring. That happened in my room when students were learning volume measurements.  The […] Read more