Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Designing Boxes - Section 4: Designing Boxes


Students enjoyed working with the blocks to design the boxes (here and here)  The blocks were essential in having students check their designs.  Sometimes students would think of a design, but once they created it they realized it didn’t work.  Sometimes students would think of a design, and through building it they were able to show and explain why it worked. 

Next time, I want to have more blocks so that students work in groups of partners, rather than in groups of 3-4.  This would ensure that all students are engaged at once.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Blocks to Design Boxes
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Designing Boxes

Unit 8: Geometry
Lesson 14 of 19

Objective: SWBAT: • Define surface area and volume. • Calculate surface area and volume of rectangular prisms and cubes. • Design boxes to meet certain requirements.

Big Idea: If boxes have the same volume do they also have the same surface area? Students explore this question while designing boxes.

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Math, Geometry, surface area, rectangular prism, volume, 6th grade, master teacher project, cubes
  50 minutes
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