For today's Warm Up question, I want to help students apply learning from the previous day's lesson so they can properly order the volumes of given cylinders based on their measurements. While some students will take the time to calculate the specific volumes of each, others may use what they learned about which measurements most affect volumes to make their decisions. As students complete the Warm Up, I will look for these students so I can ask them to share their thinking once the Work Time timer sounds after five minutes.
As a formative assessment of the Quantum of Solids unit, students will complete the Solids Pet Project. The project requires students to design, measure and calculate the volume of a three-dimensional "pet" that is made up of at least one sphere, cylinder and cone, along with other geometric cardboard solids. Hot glue and construction will also be provided for student use.
Once students have heard the project instructions and I have answered any questions, I encourage them to break into groups of no more than three and begin the design process. I explain that they will not be able to begin building their pet until they have created their design and labeled it on their project sheet. This sheet will be turned in at the end of class each day.
When there is two minutes left of class, I distribute plastic bags to each group which I have labeled. Students are instructed to put all items for their pet into the bag for safe keeping until the following day. I then collect the bags and slide them onto a broom handle. This helps keep the projects organized by class (each class has its own broom) and allows for easy distribution to groups the following day.