Funsize Cans

Designing fun-size cans ... what fun! Class members use the provided questions to determine the dimensions of a can with a minimum surface area for a given volume. The task allows learners to use graphs or algebraic manipulation to solve the problem.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the task as a class activity or as an assessment task
Classroom Considerations

  • The task is the apprentice version of the expert task Bestsize Cans
  • Task recommends providing graph paper
Pros

  • Resource includes a rubric and scored student work
  • There are multiple entry points to solution, which makes the activity less intimidating
Cons

  • Resource contains inconsistent punctuation
  • Task does not seem to consider using calculators
Common Core