A Box in a Box in a Box

Students estimate, measure, and calculate the surface area and volume of a box in a box in a box in this lesson. This is a hands on approach in order to actually visualize the true vision of surface area and volume.

Standards & Objectives

Learning objectives: 

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will be able to identify the surface area of all given objects after reviewing formulas as a class.
  • The student will be able to follow the steps and directions during the activity without teacher’s assistance.
  • The student will be able to estimate and measure the lengths of each side of each box.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 

Helpful Hints

List of Materials:

  • 12 boxes (4 small that fit into 4 medium that fit into 4 large boxes)
  • wrapping paper assortment
  • 4-8 rulers
  • 23 worksheets
  • 21 pencils
  • 1 big trash bag
  • tape
  • a marker
  • bag of candy (optional)