Volume and Surface Area of Rectangular Prisms Libby Keranen
Who is this lesson designed for? • This is a math lesson, which is designed for sixth grade students • The lesson will teach them the difference between the surface area and volume of rectangular prisms
Links • The links below are links to some other great resources for this subject: • My Web Page This is the web page that I created with the same subject material. Most of the same information is covered on the PowerPoint as is on the website, but it has a different format • Formulas For the more advanced students, this is a webpage with many other formulas for the volumes and surface areas of shapes other than rectangular prisms • Review This is a review of the formulas for volume and surface area. They give examples, but the information comes very quickly, so make sure to use this only as a review • Game This is a game that helps you practice finding the volume of different cubes based on the measurements that they give.
Volume • The formula for the volume of a rectangular prism is: LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT Example: In the figure to the right, the area would be A x B x C. For a more advanced explanation of volume, click here.
Surface Area • The formula for the Surface Area of a rectangular prism is a little more complex. In the figure below, the formula would be: ab + ab + ac + ac + bc + bc To get a better understanding of the formula for surface area, click here.
The Difference • Now that we have seen what volume is and what surface area is, can you tell the difference? • Sometimes it is tricky to tell which one you are looking for: volume or surface area. Click here for some pointers on what things to consider when deciding whether you want to find the volume or the surface area.
Questions? • That was a lot of material to cover in such a short PowerPoint, but I hope my extra links helped a little! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me! Libby Keranen firstname.lastname@example.org