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8.G.9 Students find the volume and surface area of several different size and shape cans. Students record their finding in a table to compare an contrast their results. © 2008 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Geometry surface area volume



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2014-02-27.

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Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

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In 'Cubed Cans" students calculate the volume of a can and then design and calculate the surface area of rectangular prisms that have similar volumes. Students then analyze what design would best meet the needs of a "company". Equations and tables for recording data are provided. The teacher will need to provide cans for measuring. No answer key or sample work is provided, but overall the activity is sound.

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