Using Popcorn to Teach About Volume

Teach volume using paper cylinders and popcorn - free download!

Hi, my name is Amy!  I am so happy to be guest-blogging here at Cinnamon’s Classroom!

Are you looking for a fun but educational math activity?  Popcorn 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.

Step 1: Students cut out the 2-D shapes and tape them securely into cylinders.

Teach volume using paper cylinders and popcorn - free download!

Step 2: Students make predictions about the volume of the cylinders.

Step 3: 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.

Teach volume using paper cylinders and popcorn - free download!



Step 4: Students reflect upon their predictions and compare them to the actual results.  Students also measure the cylinders and analyze their volume.

Teach volume using paper cylinders and popcorn - free download!

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!

Amy

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