Guest blogger, Amy Mezni shares how she uses popcorn to teach about volume! What a fun way to SPICE UP a not-so-fun math topic!
Are you looking for a fun but educational math activity? Using popcorn to teach about volume is a hands-on lesson that compares the volume of different cylinders. My students have really enjoyed doing this activity and are usually very surprised by the results!
Note: This activity is much better if students work in partners.
How to Use Popcorn to Teach About Volume
Students cut out the 2-D shapes and tape them securely into cylinders.
Students make predictions about the volume of the cylinders.
Students fill each cylinder with popcorn kernels, then count the number of kernels that fit in each one. (Note: Some students may need a cup or funnel to help them fill the cylinder.) Students write the results onto the worksheet.
Students reflect upon their predictions and compare them to the actual results. Students also measure the cylinders and analyze their volume.
This is a great activity with surprising results. It also takes a bit longer than you might think to complete it, as counting the popcorn kernels takes time. This is a great activity to use on a day before a holiday!
Click here to download this free activity. I hope you enjoy it!
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