Description: Students work together to discover how many different boxes can be made and what sized box will be the cheapest to package a new toy ooze in. Students will be comparing the volume and surface area of the boxes along the way and gaining insights.
Common Core Standard: 7.G.6 (and others)
Materials: Linking Cubes (Unifix Cubes) – 24 cubes per group, or grid paper to draw nets on
Student Learning Goals:
(1) Students will be able to visually calculate the surface area and volume of a rectangular prism.
(2) Students will be able to develop a formula or method to find the surface area of a rectangular prism and then use it to find surface areas.
(3) Students will be able to describe why two rectangular prisms that have the same volume have different surface ares.
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