Learning objects How big is a cubic metre?


Explore just how big a cubic metre really is. See how small a cubic centimetre looks when compared with a cubic metre . Work through a series of questions about the length, width and height of a cubic metre. Work out areas of layers within a cubic metre. Use the areas of these layers to work out the total number of cubic centimetres contained within one cubic metre (100 cm x 100 cm x 100 cm). This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students estimate the number of centimetres needed for the length, width, height and volume of a cubic metre.
  • Students estimate the number of cubic centimetres needed to cover layers of a cubic metre.
Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the Australian Curriculum content description in year 7 mathematics about using a formula to find the volume of a cubic metre with formal units.
  • It may also be relevant in supporting students in year 8 to develop the formula for volumes of rectangular prisms.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Volume (Measurement)
    • Mathematics/Estimating (Mathematics)

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    • Date of contribution: 27 May 2014
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    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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