Surface Area Teacher Resources
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Youngsters learn to recognize the characteristics of two and three dimensional shapes. Students predict if a shape that is two or three dimensional is translucent, opaque, or transparent based on what they have just learned. They use a flashlight to try to create a shadow to check their predictions. If computers are available the pupils can participate in an online activity with shapes.
Third graders explain the difference between Petroglyphs and Pictographs from Ancient Native American peoples. They create symbols that are representative of a story about their world.
Math scholars study conics and how they are used today. In this mathematical lesson, pupils construct and slice cones after viewing a demonstration.
Learners solve volume problems. For this geometry lesson, the class watches a video about clean water (link provided) and individuals compare the volume of different prisms, including an actual drinking glass. Extension activities include research on organizations that provide safe drinking water and the volume of the containers they use.
Students measure the perimeter and area of their polygons. In this geometry lesson, students calculate the volume and area using the correct tools. They calculate the time and temperature and the perimeter and side lengths of triangles.
Students engage their critical thinking skills to solve challenging math problems. In these problem solving lessons, student work with tessellations, weights/measurement, reasoning, surface area, geometric shapes, and algebraic procedures.
Third graders consider the differences between pictographs and petroglyphs. They create symbols from a story about their worlds. They make pottery art.
Learners define vocabulary related to geometry and calculate the volume. In this geometry lesson, students calculate flow rates, and volume as it relates to a water plant facility. They calculate the volume of three dimensional shapes and the retention rates.
Students investigate geometric shapes in 2 and 3 dimensions. In this geometry lesson plan, students create a model chocolate factory working in groups and using an actual cake. Students take a quiz about measurement equations dealing with the area of their chocolate factory.
Students problem solve to open a cube to create different shapes. In this problem solving lesson plan, students are given a cube and the shapes to open it up to, and they have to cut the cube open to make certain shapes. This gives them a better understanding of 3 dimensional shapes.
Fifth graders find a rectangular or square object in the classroom to measure. They measure to the nearest centimeter and apply that knowledge to measuring perimeter. They recognize, describe, and determine surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes.
Students work together to create their own bottle rocket. They use simple tools and wood. They test them once they are built and discuss what modifications could be made. They decorate and customize their rockets as well.
Students sketch the nets for given polygons and cylinders. In this geometry lesson, students find the measurements that correspond with prisms, cones and cylinders. they identify parts of three-dimensional shapes.
Learners study pyramids. In this prisms lesson, students explore the attributes of pyramids. Learners will explore the lateral surface area of pyramids and be able to distinguish pyramids from other space shapes.
In this Geometry Chapter 13 review worksheet, students complete 20 multiple choice questions and 1 bonus question regarding volume, dilation, and midpoint and distance between points of 3D objects.
Calculate the volume of 3D shapes by having your young scholars use provided formulas to measure the volume of cylinders, square pyramids, and rectangular prisms. Using a lecture format, with demonstrations, you will walk your class through various activities and then have students use the provided worksheets and formula charts for extra practice.
In this similar solids worksheet, students find surface area, radius, volume, and side lengths for similar solids in five multiple choice problems. The solutions are available by clicking on the "Check It" button found at the bottom of the page.
Students create nets of cylinders. In this geometry lesson, students calculate the surface area of cylinders and other solids. They show their understanding of three-dimensional shapes by solving problems.
Fourth graders explore the characteristics of three-dimensional forms. After identifying shapes such as cylinders, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms and more, 4th graders create a value scale and explore how to shade drawings to demonstrate their three-dimensional forms. They observe architecture created from three-dimensional shapes.
Middle schoolers explore techniques that determine the merchantable height of a tree and the number of logs a tree provides.