Surface area

Investigating the Surface Area of Prisms

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  • Mathematical Practices
Developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, this module enables students to build understanding about surface area. Students will complete three tasks dealing with surface area and volume of rectangular and triangular prisms, including a real world investigation, presented in Three Acts. The tasks will go from the concrete to the abstract as students gain understanding of what it really means to calculate surface area and volume. The module includes a refresher on area and perimeter.

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Classroom Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

This lesson is available as a Desmos Activity.  Students can play through the activity using virtual manipulatives, answer submission, and drawing tools. Teachers can assign to students, view work, and control activity pace.

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