Learning About Surface Area and Volume

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Plan a dinner party. Using a book by Marilyn Burns as a context, pupils learn about the relationships between area and perimeter and surface area and volume. The hands-on activities have learners rearrange tables and cut up meatballs to bring their learning to life. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use actual tables and chairs to illustrate the situation in the task
  • The activities work either as stations or with everyone completing each task together
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires the book Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns
Pros

  • Includes answer sheets
  • Provides background information to the reason behind the activity
Cons

  • None