New Boxes From Old

Students find the volume and surface area of a rectangular box (e.g., a cereal box), and then figure out how to convert that box into a new, cubical box having the same volume as the original. As they construct the new, cube-shaped box from the original box material, students discover that the cubical box has less surface area than the original, and thus, a cube is a more efficient way to package things.

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Grade
6th - 8th
Subjects
Engineering
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Duration
3 hrs
Instructional Strategy
Project-Based Learning
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