Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Making Sense of the Formula - Section 3: Closer


It seems like I have been working on the formula for volume forever!  But, it really hasn't been that many lessons.  I really enjoyed the progression of lessons I created in order to build a deep and flexible understanding of volume and its formula.  Would it have been much easier to just tell students that when you look at a prism you just have to multiply the l x w x h to find the volume?  Of course it would have.  But, would have it built a background for understanding volume?  No way.  Sometimes taking the road less traveled is the right path. 

  Staircase of Complexity: Finally!
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Making Sense of the Formula

Unit 6: Volume
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to use and understand the formula for determining volume for a right rectangular prism.

Big Idea: Now I see you!

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