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Challenge your class with this fun and engaging engineering design project. The goal, to create a brand new cereal complete with a list of ingredients, a name and logo, and a box to hold it in. Starting with a survey to determine the needs of the target market, students continue on to design possible solutions, build prototypes, and calculate the costs involved in manufacturing their product. This project does require a lot of work, so consider allowing the class to work in pairs or small groups to not only support their success, but to also replicate the cooperative nature of the engineering design process.
If you need a new way to approach reading assignments in your class, use a creative cereal box project as a book report. With all necessary templates included for each side of the cereal box, the resource guides readers through the process of analyzing their books and reporting on what they have learned.
Explore the deceptive world of food packaging with this fun math activity. Using prior knowledge about measuring the volume of three-dimensional figures, young mathematicians determine the difference between the volume of cereal boxes and that of the cereal they actually hold. As extra credit, students can redesign the boxes and write letters to cereal companies urging them to alter their packaging. Extend the activity even further by measuring the surface area of the cereal boxes, using it to calculate the amount of money that can be saved by reducing their size. An excellent activity to include in a geometry unit in upper-elementary and middle school classes.
Young scholars investigate U.S. history by examining technology post Civil War. For this inventions lesson, students view a slide-show of images demonstrating how the U.S. transformed into an industrial powerhouse in the late 1800's. Young scholars create a fictitious cereal box which demonstrates the inventions and technology of the period.
How much math can your learners pour out of a cereal box? Your middle schoolers will explore their favorite cereal and calculate the surface area, volume, and weight ratios and log this information on the provided worksheet. They get to break down the box to get an accurate surface area while writing down all the information on the back. They can compare with other groups to see which cereal has the highest weight-to-volume ratio and additionally, you can have them find the weight-to-cost ratio to see which cereal is cheaper. The cereal box project includes math and munchies in one fun and explorative activity! 
Need a creative idea for an elementary book report? Use a cereal box project to engage your readers beyond plot, setting, and characters. The lesson includes templates for the project and examples from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to assist learners in crafting their book report.
Go beyond flakes and bran and provide this fun and tasty activity that lets learners design and create their own cereal box. It's all about the box when your middle schoolers provide directions and a solution on how to calculate the surface area and volume where the usual breakfast activity is located on the back. They get to create ingredients and nutritional facts and provide everything that normally comes on a cereal box. To test their surface area skills, they should also provide a geometric net that represents the shape of the cereal box with details. 
With vibrant pictures of student work, a presentation guides young readers through the steps of a cereal box book report. Kids use the boxes to list the title, summary, characters, and setting of their books. Additionally, they create a commercial as a way to present their project to the class.
Students develop a new cereal and design a box for it. In this art and design instructional activity, students complete a year-end cumulative activity in which the use all of their artistic skills to develop a new cereal. They use their marketing skills as they design a box that would meet the standards of a graphic designer.
Students create a Valentines Day poem using an empty cereal box as their canvas.  In this poetry lesson, students create their poems using rhyming words and create sentences. 
Students create a book report using a cereal box. In this book report lesson plan, students cover the outer parts of a cereal box representing a book they red. They create an original cover on one side, and use the other sides to report on the setting, characters, problem, solution, theme, and anything else they want to include. Then they present their cereal box to the class.
Students use the mathematics of surface area to approach the problem of garbage pollution from the classroom. After watching a video, students construct replicas of cereal boxes and compute their surface area.
By using creative ways to complete book reports, like using cereal boxes, you can motivate students.
Sixth graders explore the ancient world and why it is important to the modern world. They create a miniature display board made from an empty cereal box. Students list innovations form Mesopotamians. They write a paragraph explaining an ancient accomplishment.
Sixth graders decorate an empty cereal box with information and games showing their comprehension of factual information about an assigned planet. This is a nice, creative lesson about the solar system.
In this volume worksheet, students determine the number of cuboids needed to create a rectangular prism of a particular size. They determine the mass, volume and density of cereal boxes. Students determine the volume of rectangular prisms and complete a Soma puzzle. This seven-page worksheet contains approximately 35 problems. Answers are provided on the last page.
Creative hands-on art project ideas that are easy on the earth and easy on a teacher’s budget.
Students sort and categorize different types of boxes and cartons. In this sorting lesson, students designate areas of the room to put different sizes, styles, or colors of boxes. They help their teacher count and graph the different categories of boxes on a chart. They also have a chance to play with the boxes as building blocks.
Students investigate the concept of the food pyramid. The lesson includes background information for the teacher to lecture students about the food pyramid. They construct a model of the pyramid using cereal boxes. The projects could serve as props for research papers presented as an extension to the lesson.
Students investigate how quilt making was a family and community activity. They read and discuss books, complete various handouts, and create a paper quilt celebrating philanthropic activities.

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