Volume of a cuboid using unit cubes

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Estimated Time

40 minutes

Prerequisites/Instructions, prior preparations, if any

  1. A cuboid and its properties should have been done.
  2. A rectangle and formula to find its area.
  3. A unit cube is a cube with side 1 unit.

Materials/ Resources needed

Digital: Laptop, geogebra file, projector and a pointer

This geogebra file has been taken from : www.geogebratube.org

Process (How to do the activity)

  • Process:
  1. The teacher can discuss about a cuboid and its attributes - the length , width and height parameters.
  2. Discuss about the concept of volume.
  3. Discuss about a cube of side 1 unit.
  4. Find the volume of 1 unit cube using volume formula ( lxbxh).
  5. Also to reiterate the volume of 1 unit cube, the teacher can (if need be) drop it in a measuring jar having water. The water displaced would be 1 cubic cm indicating the volume of 1 unit cube is 1 cubic cm.
  6. By finding out the capacity of a cuboid to hold number of such 1 unit cubes, the volume can be determined.
  7. Next she can proceed further by reiterating that the number of 1 unit cubes would be l x b x h which would again be the volume of the cuboid.
  • Developmental Questions:
  1. What is the shape of the outer figure ?
  2. What shape is each small inner solid ?
  3. What is the measure of each small cube ?
  4. What is the formula to find the volume of a cube ?
  5. How many 1 unit cubes can be fitted in 1 row ?
  6. How many such rows are there in the cuboid ?
  7. What is the total number of unit cubes in the cuboid ?
  8. What does this number depict ?
  9. How can one determine the volume of a cuboid ?
  • Evaluation:
  1. Were the students able to comprehend the use of 1 unit cubes in finding the volume of cuboid ?
  • Question Corner:
  1. Can volume of other solids be found using similar anology ?