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Solve design problems by applying geometric methods

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-MG.A.3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSG/MG/A/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4

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Big Ideas: Real life complex situations can be modeled using known shapes. Surface area is the total area of all the faces of an object. This task builds on work from previous grades using surface area and volume. The task asks students to design a container that uses the least amount of material. It will require students to reason abstractly and exercise a thorough understanding of surface area. The task is left open-ended to encourage students to explore different shapes of containers. Vocabulary: surface area, minimize Special Materials: drawing paper (optional)