My Algebra 1 students needed a great deal of review of how to handle the volume and surface area of boxes and cylinders. They generally did better with boxes, if only because the sides are almost always specified as whole numbers, yet with cylinders, the involvement of pi caused a great deal of difficulty: they not only had to "unlearn" that pi was the decimal 3.14; they had to learn to distinguish between exact and approximate values, and furthermore, when asked to round to the nearest hundredth, I wanted them to use the "pi" button on their calculators instead of using 3.14.
I wrote this worksheet when it was obvious that they still needed more practice. I expected that they would have issues with the "height" of a cylinder being the distance between its two circular bases, so the questions focus on that concept a bit, but more important to me, they got a good grasp of the distinction between exact and approximate values.
I use this activity within cooperative groups, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems, in this case, fractions.
This worksheet is intended for students to show their work on a separate sheet of paper.
Please download the pdf preview file first, so you can see exactly what's included; the product file is a word document, which you may personalize for your students.