Real-Life Surface Area & Volume

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Math is FUNtastic
Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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8 pages
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This product is an extremely engaging activity that allows students to connect surface area and volume to real-life situations In this activity, students will be planning a surprise birthday party for his or her best friend. Problems include:
1) Calculating the total amount of wrapping paper needed for three presents (using surface area)
2) Determining which cake pan would hold the most cake for their friend (using volume)
3) Calculating the total amount of icing needed for the cake (using surface area)
4) Determining which treat bag is the best for their guests (using volume)

This particular activity focuses on right prisms only. There are NO cylinders, spheres, or pyramids.

This is a great activity to use whole group, partners, or in small groups.

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Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas 𝘝 = 𝘭 𝘸 𝘩 and 𝘝 = 𝘣 𝘩 to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
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.
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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