Volume is the amount of space taken up by a three dimensional object. Elementary students learn volume in relation to rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and cylinders. Student should be familiar with length, width, and height, as well as the circumference of a circle. Students should also be able to find the area of two dimensional shapes.

Standards – UEN is a great resource for finding out the grade level standards in Utah. 5th grade and 6th grade both have standards which cover volume.

Lesson Plans for Teaching Volume

Fill ‘Em Up

Candies R Us

Getting Serious About Cylinders-Surface Area and Volume

Cube Models

Interactive Websites for Teaching Volume

3D Model Maker – Demonstrates Rectangular and Triangular Prisms

Interactive Overview of 3D Shapes – Reviews the volume of various 3D shapes

Interactive Cube Volume Simulation – demonstrates how to find the capacity of a rectangular prism

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