7th Grade Surface Area and Volume Activity

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With this project, students get hands-on experience working with nets, surface area, and volume. This activity is engaging and helps students really understand 3D figures and their attributes. It is great way to practice several seventh grade skills!

The project has 6 parts plus a follow-up sheet of challenges. The parts can be assigned to individual students or partners.

  • Part A: Students graph points to create a net of a rectangular prism. They cut out and create the 3D figure, find volume and surface area, and answer questions. This is a good one to do as a whole class so students get the idea.

  • Part B: Next students create a cube. They create the 3D figure by cutting it out and folding it, and then answer questions.

  • Parts C and D: Then students graph points to create triangular prisms. They cut them out and work with the 3D figures to answer questions about surface area and volume.

  • Parts E and F: Finally students create pyramids. They work with the 3D figures to answer questions about surface area.

A large graph is included if you would like to print it for each part. Or, students can draw their own graphs on graph paper. Students will need a graph, colored pencils/markers, scissors, and tape for each part.

A guide, ideas for differentiation, extra challenges, grading checklist rubric, and answers keys are all included.

This project is intended for 7th grade. Check out the 6th grade version here.

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Here's what teachers like you said about this Surface Area & Volume activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jeannette L. says, "This was the first time I felt that students really understood surface area instead of just memorizing a formula. Thank you for helping them learn conceptually!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Florence C. says, "This was such a great hands on project for my students. We were able to practice so many concepts at one time. I did one graph and 3-D project a day. We built our collection over the week and then we talked about surface area, volume, etc.! If you love hands on learning like I do, you will LOVE this project!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Marisa R. says, "I LOVE this activity. And even better, my STUDENTS loved this activity. It is a great tool to help students physically see and hold the figures and discover the surface area and volume formulas for themselves. Great for inquiry learning and for an introduction lesson into 3D figures."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lisa D. says, "This is a legitimately amazing resource. There is so much learning and practice jam packed in this. It definitely took some time for the students to complete but there was so much practice built in that it was definitely worth it. "

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.


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