Cape Florida Lighthouse: Lore and Calculations

Analyze the Cape Florida Lighthouse with a little mathematics! Combining different aspects of cones, pupils calculate the volume of the building materials needed to build the lighthouse and then the surface area of the outside. Because the lighthouse resembles the shape of a truncated cone, individuals must consider additional measurements in their calculations.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Collect the closure activity as an exit ticket to check for understanding
  • Bring in a model of the lighthouse constructed from paper, clay, or similar materials
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a familiarity with cones and calculating volume and surface area related to cones

  • Teacher guide includes questioning strategies and suggestions
  • Includes a lesson presentation to facilitate the lesson

  • None