Friday, May 12, 2017

Learning Activity: Exploring Area & Volume {Guest Post}

Boo has started the countdown to summer vacation. It's stressing me out a little, but I'm also looking forward to easier mornings and no more lunches to pack. I suspect he's dreaming about long, uninterrupted days of video gaming, but he really should know better. I am a stickler for balance, and he'll be kicked outside to play with his buddies on a regular basis, as well as our usual outings for hikes, the beach, and adventure. He'll also be encouraged to keep up his academic skills over the break. I don't push a structured learning schedule, but we do look for opportunities to employ math or science skills, to learn some history, and of course to read (which he does daily anyway).

There are many ways to incorporate simple lessons into daily activities, and tons of supplies in our homes to facilitate. Here is one activity that supports geometry learning, studying and measuring everyday items. This activity has been provided by

Has your child ever dreamed of exploring space? By observing, measuring, and recording the amount of space everyday objects take up, they can do just that! True, it may not be what they had in mind, but this activity will give hands-on practice with important geometry concepts they're learning about in school, and they won't have to pick up a textbook.

What You Need:
  • Ruler or tape measure 
  • Pencil 
  • Paper 
  • Calculator (optional) 

Simply stated, area and volume is all about space. Area is the amount of space taken up by 2-dimensional closed figures, while volume is the amount of space occupied by 3-dimensional objects. Below are the area and volume formulas for the basic shapes in geometry. They may look intimidating to your child, but with a little practice, these formulas will be a piece of cake.

(my note - side2 (square) means side x 2 and side3(cube)  means side x 3)

What You Do:

Have your child make a list of objects around the house that they can use for finding area and volume. Encourage them to try to find at least one example of each shape. For example, a sheet of paper is an example of a rectangle, a stop sign is an octagon, a refrigerator is a rectangular prism, a soda can is a cylinder, a soccer ball is a sphere, etc.

Give them a ruler or tape measure to measure the objects’ dimensions, rounding each measurement to the nearest inch. 

Then have them use the formulas above to find the area and volume of each object. They can use paper and pencil to calculate answers, or you may allow the use of a calculator, depending upon your child's familiarity with these types of equations. 

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