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Learning objects Inside a cubic metre


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. Work through a series of questions about the length, width and height of a cubic metre. Work out area of layers within a cubic metre. Use multiples of 100 to calculate volume. For example, 0.5 of a cubic metre can be expressed as: 100cm x 100cm x 50cm = 500 000 cubic centimetres. Fill in data tables by working out progressive totals of length, width, height and volume (up to one cubic metre). This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore the relative volumes of one cubic centimetre and one cubic metre.
  • Students complete data tables showing the relationship between the height of a cuboid of base area 10 000 square centimetres and its volume.
  • Students use a mathematical formula to work out the volume of fractions of a cubic metre.
Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the Australian Curriculum content description in year 6 mathematics about converting between common metric units of capacity.
  • It is also relevant in supporting students in year 7 to calculate volumes of rectangular prisms.
Year level

6; 7

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

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 27 May 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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