Finding Volume: The Water Displacement Method

We have formulas for finding the volume of geometric shapes, but what if the shape is irregular? Lesson describes how to find volume through water displacement. After a demonstration, scholars practice in small groups. Then analysis questions lead them to connect the information to a larger purpose. Lesson is the second in a series of six.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Write on the board "1mL = 1cm^3" to help scholars remember this crucial fact throughout the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a way to project online animations for the entire class to see
  • Relies on prior knowledge of density available from the previous lesson in the series
  • Lesson is the second in a series of six
Pros
  • Includes where to buy the equal mass rod kit if you don't already have one or two
  • Utilizes 5E format
  • Provides answers to discussion questions, activity, and analysis portions
Cons
  • None