Distinguish between and solve real-world problems involving volume and surface area.
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This lesson brings together students’ skills in working with 3-D figures, distinguishing between contexts that call for volume vs. those that call for surface area.
If you need to adapt or shorten this lesson for remote learning, we suggest prioritizing Anchor Problem 1 (benefits from discussion) and Anchor Problem 2 (can be done independently). Find more guidance on adapting our math curriculum for remote learning here.
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Determine if each situation below would be solved by finding the surface area or the volume of the object. Explain your reasoning.
At a daycare, Kiran sees children climbing on this foam play structure.
Kiran is thinking about building a structure like this for his younger cousins to play on.
Vinyl ($$\mathrm{in^3}$$) | Cost ($) | |
Row 1 | 75 | 0.45 |
Row 2 | 125 | 0.75 |
Foam Play Structure is made available by Open Up Resources under the CC BY 4.0 license. Copyright © 2017 Open Up Resources. Download for free at openupresources.org. Accessed March 10, 2018, 1:39 p.m..
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The following resources include problems and activities aligned to the objective of the lesson that can be used to create your own problem set.
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Arlo is building a sandbox for the neighborhood park. The dimensions are shown below.
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