Lesson Plan: Volumes of Pyramids Mathematics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to find the volume of a pyramid and solve problems including real-life situations.


Students will be able to

  • recall the formula for the volume of a pyramid,
  • find the volume of a pyramid with known side lengths (where the height of the pyramid can be calculated) when the pyramid base is one of the following:
    • a triangle,
    • a quadrilateral,
    • a regular polygon with more than 4 sides (pentagon, hexagon, etc.),
    • an arbitrary polygon with a given area,
  • calculate a missing length of a pyramid when given its volume,
  • use knowledge of the volume of a pyramid to solve problems presented as real-life systems.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the slant height and the perpendicular height of a pyramid,
  • right pyramids,
  • the Pythagorean theorem,
  • trigonometry,
  • finding the area of an n-sided regular polygon.


Students will not cover

  • cones,
  • the surface area of a pyramid.

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