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Glow-in-the-Dark City

Grade 5


Take geometry to the third dimension. Students build and stack 3D glowing shapes to see the volume formula in action.

Includes instructions and hands-on materials for a small group of 4 students.

Activity Details

Math skills covered

  • Understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition (5.MD.C.3)
  • Apply the formulas V = l x w x h and V = b x h to find volumes of right rectangular prisms (5.MD.C.5.B)
  • Provide an opportunity for students to measure volumes by counting unit cubes (5.MD.C.4)
  • Support students in understanding volume as additive (5.MD.C.5)

What’s included

Digital resources

  • Teacher Guide for Grade 5
  • Display Slides for Grades 5


Hands-on materials (for 4 students)

  • 2 tubes of glowsticks
  • Pack of plastic wheel glowstick connectors, 75 pieces