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.
If you are looking for cylinders, spheres, and cones, click here:
Real-Life Volume of Cylinders, Cones, & Spheres
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