This is an investigation where your students design, cut out and fold different networks in order to determine which ones will become a cube. Students are introduced to the concept of a network, learn how it can be used to form different types of polyhedra, and then investigate different ways (there are 11) to create a 2-D net that can be folded into a cube. Students then take the "working" and "non-working" nets and sort them onto a sheet, then compare their properties.
There is also an activity where students look at other polyhedra (triangular prism, tetrahedron and cylinder) and sketch the networks that would make them, as well as looking at a network and then sketching the polyhedra that it would be when cut out and folded.
There is also a brief assessment (2 pages) where students identify faces, edges and vertices, identify working and non-working cube networks and draw the networks that go with a polyhedra, as well as calculate the surface area and volume of a polyhedron made with snap-cubes.
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