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a three period lesson, using one or two other contrasting solids, such as a cone and ovoid (solid oval). If you do not have the blue Geometric Solids, you can make them out of card stock paper, and use an egg painted blue for the ovoid example. Or you can make them out of plasticene clay. Then, show the child how to make a cube with construction paper by tracing the sides, then cutting them out and taping them together.
Closer look at the cube & indirect preparation for volume of a cube Count the sides of the cube (six). What shape are the sides? (square) Each side is called "a face." The bottom face is the "base." The length of the base from L to R is the "length" (l). The side of the base form front to back is the "width" (w). One side of a side face, from top to bottom (base), is the "height" (h).
VOLUME Volume is a measurement of "cubic units" resulting from the multiplication of three linear dimensions (in a cube, that is length times width times height). 1000 Cube A second lesson for cube work is the introduction or reintroduction of the 1000 cube; make the 1000 cube with ten 100 squares, counting the beads in each side of one of the 100 squares (ten individual beads on each side). Count the sides of the 1000 cube (six in all, just like the geometric solid cube). This is a good work to introduce volume of a cube: ten times ten times ten equals 1000!
As in al Montessori work, we start with the concrete, hands-on experiences first from 3-6 materials, then move to the abstract, AND at the same time, giving indirect preparation for what’ s around the corner!