In a recent search for free educational quizzes on the volume of prisms, cones and other 3D figures for my son’s upcoming 6th grade math test, I found myself surfing for hours for a suitable resource to help him study.
Although I found some games that touched upon the skills I was looking for, nothing really hit the target. Out of desperation, I realized it would be quicker to take advantage of my programming skills and whip up a web application myself. A few hours later, my 3D Volume Quiz was born!!
In the interest of time, the quiz is very straight-forward, and features diagrams of 3D rectangular pyramids, triangular pyramids, cones and cylinders, with automatically generated numbers to allow middle schoolers to practice volume formulas over and over again until they master the skill.
The quiz also features word problems to help children capture details relevant to volume calculation and apply them in order to arrive at the correct answers.
Upon submission of the test, the student is brought to a page that allows them to compare their answers to the correct answers, and a brief explanation of each answer.
This utility is definitely a quiz rather than a game, but it helped my son tremendously in his effort to grasp the rules associated with the calculation of volume. Through simply taking the quiz over and over again, he learned the skills and built confidence in his ability. Most importantly, he did very well on his test!
Although the shape dimensions are automatically generated, students may change them to smaller numbers to help them better grasp the concepts, or larger numbers, to give them more of a challenge once they’ve become more familiar with the practice.
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