A mathematics investigation about volume and capacity, embedded in a real-world context.
This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of volume and capacity.
Design a Water Park
In this investigation, students must use their knowledge and understanding of volume and capacity to design a unique water park according to specific criteria. Students follow the procedure outlined in the investigation to determine the starting capacity of the water park’s pool.
Convert Volume to Capacity
Students will need to convert volume units to the equivalent capacity units to determine the finishing capacity of the pool once all attractions have been placed.
Budget and Present Findings
Once students have recorded the budget breakdown and determined the pool’s final capacity they consolidate this information on a final report page.
This teaching resource includes:
- a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
- Splash World blueprints and attraction catalogues
- various recording worksheets and planning templates
- three extension tasks
- an answer sheet for the pool’s starting capacity task
- award badges to be placed on student work when they complete the main task and each extension task.
Australian Curriculum alignment
Connect decimal representations to the metric system
Select and apply efficient mental and written strategies and appropriate digital technologies to solve problems involving all four operations with whole numbers
Convert between common metric units of length, mass and capacity
Connect volume and capacity and their units of measurement
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