Volume and Surface Area Real World Application Project

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Engage students in hands-on, relevant learning with this volume and surface area project. Students begin by analyzing a real scenario and using volume, surface area, and reasoning to answer three prompts. The focus of the discovery worksheet is on cones, cylinders, and spheres as aligned to the eighth grade CCSS. Then students work in groups of 2-3 to design, construct, and market a "playdough container." Students can select any three-dimensional shape for the project. They are tasked with the responsibility to attain a set volume, minimize surface area, and market their container to both parents and students in the form of a well-written persuasive letter. Students sketch their ideas; select the appropriate dimensions; calculate the volume, surface area, and cost; construct a net, create the container; and write a letter. My students and I LOVE this project!

Included in this product:

-Discovery Worksheet (2 pages)

-Answer Key

-Student Workspaces

-Project Instructions


-Comprehensive Rubric

-Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objective, and materials

-Suggested timeline (6 days)

-Introductory PowerPoint

Additional Recommended Materials:

-Centimeter Grid Paper

-Oaktag (12" x 18")

-Construction paper

-Markers/colored pencils




-Computer/Printer Access

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Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.


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