Functions and the Volume of Vases

Model the rate of increase using the volume of vases. As groups fill a vase, one cup at a time, they measure the height of the water. After repeating this with different-sized vases, they analyze the data. Graphical representations show the change in the rate of increase as the shape of the vase changes. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a bulletin board with work from each group
  • Assemble a variety of vases that have changes in their rate of volume increase
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires time in advance to collect and prepare materials

  • Provides individuals with a visual representation of rates of change

  • None
Common Core