This set of activities by Miss Winning's classroom is great for Middle Schoolers who are learning about Circles and Cylinders. It gives them opportunities to explore vocabulary such as 'diameter', 'circumference', 'radius', 'pi', 'area', 'nets', and more. It also challenges them to do hands-on measurements, make calculations, and to check their own work using logic and appropriate secondary resources. Several "pause and think" opportunities are embedded throughout to encourage critical thinking and real-life applications.
NEW: All pages are fillable PDF forms so students can complete the written portions electronically if desired.
This works well for the beginning, middle, or end of a unit of study on circles and/or cylinders, and fits in with the New B.C. Grade 7 Curriculum!
My students loved the activities and, although they sometimes found them challenging, they persevered to master the concepts. They also loved the fact that food was involved as an incentive for getting the work done! I let each group have a few chips from their chip can after each section was correctly completed, and I used generically branded chips to keep costs down. Fun fact: different brands of chip containers have different dimensions!
An optional 'pre-activity' included gives the students a background on the concept of 'pi'. An optional 'post-activity' (page 4) allows the students to extend their explorations and thinking beyond the basic concepts if they are able, interested, and/or have extra time.
Students can work in pairs or threes if desired (or alone) in order to support each other through their learning and to share the 'hands-on' fun. Teacher and/or expert students can circulate as the students work to assist and support as needed.
• One can of Pringles® or other brand of chips in a cylinder tube (small or large)
• This workbook
• Optional: a variety of different sized circular objects for the ‘pre’ activity
• Access to a textbook, set of notes, or the internet (to find formulas and do research)
• Ruler and/or measuring tape
• Non-stretchy string, plus scissors & tape
• 11 x 17 sheet of paper (or similar size)
The Pringles Project: Hands-On Problem Solving with Circles and Cylinders
by Miss Winning's Classroom
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