Shapes and Space: Thinking Three-Dimensionally

Students explore three-dimensional figures through investigations into cross sections, volume, and optimization. Students first use centimeter cubes to explore surface area and volume of rectangular solids and other figures that can be built from cubes. They then explore prisms and cylinders and develop surface area and volume formulas for each. Lastly, they work with pyramids and cones and again develop surface area and volume formulas as well as creating nets for different solids.

NCTM standard: Geometry

NCTM standard: Measurement

Primary Mathematical Goals