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Also fun for surface area
Old 03-15-2008, 10:49 AM
 

Our math coach did a great lesson with my 5th graders on surface area. They already understood area and perimeter, so this was the last big lesson. She brought in about 10 big boxes, sealed and labeled. One was labeled, "Wii" another "PS3" another "APPLE Laptop" etc. and these got their attention fast!! Then, she said they had to find the surface areas for each box that their group received because it needed to be wrapped and mailed. The kids loved it. I think the realia and the use of popular kids games attracted them more than anything. They made a chart of all the boxes and their surface areas.
It's really important to give them hands-on applications so that the formulas begin to make more sense and they are more user-friendly.
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