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Jenna McWilliams
(Bloomington - United States)

I studied creative writing and published some poems. Then I decided to  get all up in education's grill. I'm currently a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences program at Indiana  University.
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Packaging Lab - Volume and Surface Area

Group Work ,Homework, In-Class Activity

Time Required: 30 minutes

Materials: calculators, meter sticks, centimeter rulers, soda cans and their cartons which hold 12 or 24 cans (enough for each group of 4 students)

Objectives:

  • find the surface area and volume of a rectangular box and a cylinder,
  • accurately measure using metric units
Prerequisites:

  • the area formulas for rectangles and circles
  • the volume formulas for rectangular boxes and cylinders
  • Metric measurement system
Description:

Using regular soda cans and their cardboard containers, students will calculate volume and surface area.

See also Terrie Teegarden's tips on using this activity in class, on the Comments page.

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