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4. Find surface area of prisms and pyramids (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.B.6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/G/B/6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
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Lesson objective: Practice finding the surface area of prisms and pyramids.

This lesson provides an opporutiny to practice findhing surface area. Drawings of three-dimensional figures are used here because they allow students to understand the properties of a three-dimensional figure from a two-dimensional image. This work develops students' understanding that surface area is always the sum of the area of each face of the figure.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7 (Look for and make use of structure) as they identify all the faces of a prism or pyramid and use the shape of the faces to create and use a formula to find the surface area.

Key vocabulary:

  • area
  • face
  • formula
  • prism
  • pyramid
  • three-dimensional
  • two-dimensional