With my mind racing like a hamster in a cage - does yours ever do that? - I started scavenging items from around the room and a few from the discarded boxes pile in the hall. Here's what I collected:
- a tissue box
- a paper box lid
- some rectangular prisms from my geometrical shapes box
- the geometrical shapes box
- some boxes with things still in them
Instructions were to measure all three dimensions in inches, record the dimensions, find the volume, then record and correctly label the volume in cubic inches. We'll do metric next time.
It worked pretty well. The pro results: Students were quickly engaged in meaningful, hands-on math. They followed directions, for the most part. The noise level was pretty good. The con results: Due to my on-the-fly preparation, some of the stations had the same kind of box. Believe me, the kids let me know. Oops.