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Exploring Surface Area with Nets

Grade Levels
5th - 7th, Homeschool
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10 pages
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The best way for your students to learn about surface area is for them to experience it hands-on.

This bundle starts out with a few simple pages of foldable nets. Students need experience folding in order to visualize the concept of surface area! I purposely don't include tabs used for gluing the faces together, because I believe it's more valuable for students to open and close the nets instead of spending time gluing.

Next, your students can demonstrate their understanding of bases, faces, and lateral faces in the Secret Message Math activity. It's one of the only ways my students have every been excited about the properties of 3D figures!

Finally, over the course of 3 introductory activities, your students will find the surface area for grid paper nets. These include a rectangular prism, a cube, a triangular prism, and a square pyramid. The grid paper enforces the idea that area refers to "square units". The nets help your students visualize the individual square units on each surface, which are needed to calculate surface area.

Each grid paper net page includes a detachable set of questions, which can be used to monitor student comprehension.

Want more? Try the Surface Area and Volume Quiz Pack or the Secret Message Math Bundle. Enjoy!

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10 pages
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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.
Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.


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