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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
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.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


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