Lesson Plan

7. Find surface area of three-dimensional figures (A)

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.Content.7.NS.A.3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/NS/A/3
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
Quick assign

You have saved this lesson!

Here's where you can access your saved items.

Content placeholder

Card of

or to view additional materials

You'll gain access to interventions, extensions, task implementation guides, and more for this lesson.

Lesson objective: Apply knowledge of surface area to create pyramids with limited surface area.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of surface area to a real-life situation. Students are asked to design two pyramid shaped boxes that use less cardboard than octagonal prism box, while still being large enought to fit a game board.

Key Concept students will use: 

  • Surface area and volume have the same meaning for non-rectangular prisms and pyramids as for rectangular prisms.

Skills students will use:

  • Find the area of polygons by decomposing into triangles and rectangles (Grade 6, Unit 11)
  • Use nets to find surface area (Grade 6, Unit 11)

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7 (Look for and make use of structure) as they find surface area of a given figure and create a new figure within given constraints.

Key vocabulary: 

  • area
  • face
  • prism
  • pyramid
  • surface area
  • three-dimensional figure
  • two-dimensional figure


Related content
Appears in
Provide feedback