Volume of a Rectangular Prism Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students on how to find the volume of a rectangular prism with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz on their newfound knowledge, and take part in a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on rectangular prisms, your students will be able to:

  • Define the term rectangular prism and give some real-world examples
  • Explain why certain objects are not classified as rectangular prisms
  • Recap how to calculate the volume of rectangular prisms using the proper formula

Length

1 - 1.5 Hours

Materials

  • Copies of the text lesson Finding the Volume of a Rectangular Prism along with the related lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Worksheets containing 26 rectangular prism problems numbered 1-26, along with a second set of worksheets containing 26 matching solutions marked A-Z, but not in the same order as the problems worksheet; one set of worksheets for each pair of students
  • Answer key for the worksheets (one only for the teacher)
  • Internet access
  • Six small prizes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.2

Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas V = l w h and V = b h to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.4

Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

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