Learning objects What's in a cube: level 1


Watch a demonstration of the size of a cubic metre (100cm x 100cm x 100cm). See how small a cubic centimetre looks when compared with a cubic metre. Estimate the volume of cuboid objects such as a filing cabinet, a DVD player, and icebox. Rotate a 3D grid to help you work out dimensions in centimetres. Estimate the relative volume of the different items. Use a 3D animation of each estimate to improve your answer. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students use the strategy of guess, check and improve to estimate the volume of everyday cuboid-like objects.
Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the Australian Curriculum content description in year 7 about calculating volumes of rectangular prisms.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Volume (Measurement)
    • Mathematics/Estimating (Mathematics)
    • Mathematics/Formulas
    • Mathematics/Size and shape
    • Mathematics/Volume
    • Mathematics/Mensuration
    • Mathematics/Metric units
    • Mathematics/Polyhedra
    • Mathematics/Prisms
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

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    • Date of contribution: 27 May 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    • Interactive Resource
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