Volume and Surface Area of Rectangular Prisms

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Is bigger always better? Class members investigate the relationship between volume and surface area of different rectangular prisms in this STEM lesson plan. Pupils ponder and draw conclusions to questions provided by the guided inquiry activity. A pre- and post-assessment plan allows the teacher to determine how well each individual is learning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use centimeter blocks to create prisms for an additional differentiation
  • Cut grid paper to build nets and to construct prisms from the nets
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members can use the Internet, but access is not required
  • If the class is not familiar with a gallery walk, provide guidance on what they should do
Pros

  • Provides differentiation
  • Analysis sheets provided for assessments
Cons

  • Answer keys are not provided for the assessments
Common Core