Thursday, July 24, 2014

Volume, Cylinders, Cones and Spheres

     This is a post that I just never finished from the end of the school year. It has been sitting in my draft box gathering dust so I'm going to share it as it is. These are some of my favorite lessons and videos for the 8th grade volume unit. I wasn't able to use them all because I just ran out of time, you  know how the end of the year just creeps up on you? Also, because it was the last unit of the year, I had no creativity left to make my own lessons so I used awesome lessons that were created by others. Thanks to all of you who shared this great lessons.

      I have to show a video clip for all my units. This Phineas and Ferb clip is fun.
Click here to go to the video: Phineas and Ferb volume cartoon.

  Phineas and Ferb

     This is the foldable that I used for volume from Lisa Davenport at teacherspayteachers.
                                              Volume of Cylinders, Cones, & Spheres (Foldable!)

      Love, love, love this lesson from Robert Kaplinsky. The kids really liked it and had fun trying to get as close as they could to the number of gumballs in the machine. I will do this again for sure next year.

Click here for Robert Kaplinsy's gumball machine  lesson.

      I haven't used this lesson but it looks good. It is on my list for next year.

Click here for Dan Meyer, you pour i choose 3 act.

                                                 Click here for Dan Meyer popcorn picker.
     I have actually done this lesson, Popcorn anyone ,  from illuminations. The kids have lots of fun with it and of course they get to eat the popcorn they use. The lesson has the students make rectangular prisms from notebook paper but I had them make cylinders because prisms are not 8th grade standards. The kids take a piece of paper, make a cylinder by rolling it with the longer side on the bottom, making a short cylinder. Then they take a second piece of paper and roll it with the shorter side on the bottom, making a taller cylinder. It always amazes me they don't realize that the volume will be the same. It is lots of fun but a little messy.

     OK, my students who are my most reluctant students love Andrew Stadel's trasketball. They all want to be the ones to make the baskets with the paper. The class gets wild and crazy and fun is had by all.

                                             Click here for Andrew Stadel-Trashketball

I love this lessons from NCTM the Ice Cream Puddle  It combines spheres, cones and cylinders. Perfect! Everything I need to go over all in one lesson.
                                                                                                                                   Click HERE to see activity sheet and lessons from NCTM.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. 
                                                                             Til next time,

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