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Measuring Volume Song

See a rectangular prism deconstructed so that your students can look at what's happening inside of 3d shapes. Let the song take your students on a tour, exploring the concept of cubic units how we arrive at finding the volume of prisms and cubes. Also, pay attention to the part of the song where the robot dabs, making sure to note that this song was written long before it was cool! And, yes, he did get a raise after that.

Volume Song Lyrics:

To find the volume of a cube,
Side times side times side will tell you:
The number of times a cubic unit
Will be able to fit inside it.

Imagine a cube with edges of three.
Multiply three by three by three to see
It can fit twenty-seven units
...gotta mention that they’re cubic!

When finding volume, don’t forget to mention:
The unit is a cube with three dimensions.

To get a rectangular prism’s volume right:
Length times width... times the height.
Cubic units label three dimensions
When we answer any volume questions.

With the dimensions two, three, and six,
first find the base: that’s length times width.
The base is six cubes; then multiply the height:
36 cubic units fill it up just right!

When finding volume, don’t forget to mention:
The unit is a cube with three dimensions.

A solid shape made of more than one prism
Has a volume you can find with this wisdom:

Think of each shape separately
And find the volume of each individually.
Then add the volumes nine and one:
We get ten cubic units and this problem’s done!

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core learning standards from 3rd Grade to 5th Grade. Look into the relevant standards here, or dig deeper into Volume here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned Volumes lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 4.MD.5, and 5.MD.5 . These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.

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