Volume Task 1

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The students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of volume.

Big Idea

Boxing the boxes!


In this lesson students will be completing task exploring volume of shipping boxes by packing them with various size merchandise.  Students are charged with creating a chart that workers in the shipping department can use when filling the boxes with the merchandise.


60 minutes

This is actually a difficult task and students will have to preserve while working with peers.  I provide each group with a copy of the task and go over the directions with them before releasing them to begin working. 

I allow the students plenty of time to work and struggle through the task.  Students may need assistance creating a chart for recording data.  I have included a sample of what a chart may look like.

Here are some questions from the task that can be used to guide students while working.

  • Have you found all of the possible ways to fill the standard shipping box?  How do you know?
  • What is the total capacity of the standard shipping box?  Will the merchandise completely fill the standard shipping box?  How do you know?
  • How are you organizing your packing chart?  Why did you choose this type of organizational chart?
  • Explain how your chart could be used by the employees who pack boxes?
  • Will the formula l x w x h work to find the volume of any 3D shape?  Explain your reasoning.