Visualizing Volume at JFK

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To help fifth-graders at JFK gain a deep understanding of volume, teacher Jason Bond and math specialist Fran Marotta engaged students in a design-building activity. Children constructed three-dimensional sculptures using interlocking cubes and then calculated each design to find its total volume. The students learned to visualize, plan, analyze shape and structure, draw conclusions, and calculate volume.

“This hands-on interactive lesson really helped students understand volume beyond a standard formula and the true meaning of ‘cubic’ units,” said Marotta.