We have found an awesome website that has a fun way to teach your students to find surface area using a cereal box. We believe this is an innovative way to motivate the lesson and keep your students engaged while connecting math to the real world. Enjoy!!!

Digitallesson.com- Has a complete cereal box surface area project with teacher friendly directions and everything you need to make implementing this project into your classroom a success. It is definitely worth the $7.00 you pay to download the project. Visit website for more information and to buy the project.

Boxed In And Wrapped Up

Oercommons.org has a similar lesson and its FREE!!

Summary: Students review how to determine the surface area and volume of a rectangular prism, that all dimensions are equal in cubes so the volume of cubes are the length of any side raised to the third power, or cubed. This prepares them for two associated activities. First, students find the volumes and surface areas of rectangular boxes such as cereal boxes and then figure out how to convert their boxes into a new, cubical boxes having the same volume as the original. As they construct the new, cube-shaped boxes from the original box material, students discover that the cubical box has less surface area than the original, and thus, a cube is a more efficient way to package items.

Fun Activities to do after finding the surface area of their cereal box:

Cereal Box Valentine’s Day Holder is supper cute! This idea came from PlaidOnline.com and has a handle and everything. I don't think this project would bode well for the boys though. The following would probably appeal to them more....
Cereal Box Desk Organizer
This is a cute and affordable way to keep your student's desk organized by turning cereal boxes into a handy holder for your desk.

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Math Limerick

Question: Why is this a mathematical limerick?

( (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 Sqrt[4]) / 7 ) + 5*11 = 92 + 0 .


A dozen, a gross, and a score,
plus three times the square root of four, divided by seven, plus five times eleven, is nine squared and not a bit more.

---Jon Saxton (math textbook author)

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Challenge students to invent their own math limerick!

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