Finding volume is not always an easy task. Students need hands-on experiences with volume units to make sense of three dimensions. Comparing the quantity of familiar objects helps students foster conceptions of volume because the task requires attention to attributes, counting strategies, and connections to multiplication and capacity.
Megan H. Wickstrom, Megan.email@example.com, is an assistant professor of mathematics education at Montana State University in Bozeman. She is interested in elementary students' thinking as they model and solve real-world problems.
Edited by Martha Hildebrandt, firstname.lastname@example.org, who teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics education and mathematics courses at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Theodore (Teddy) Chao, email@example.com, an assistant professor of mathematics education at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Submit your quick game, puzzle, activity, or instructional strategy along with suggestions for how teachers of different grade bands (K–1, 2–3, 4–6) can use this idea. Access http://tcm.msubmit.net to send submissions of no more than 250 words to this department. Find detailed submission guidelines for all departments at http://www.nctm.org/tcmdepartments.