3D Modeling of Volume and Surface Area

ACP Lesson Plan 

3D Modeling of Volume and Surface Area


 Nick Schaumberg

Subject(s):  Math
Grade Level(s): 10 (Geometry)Total Time: 

1 or 2 Class Periods

Overview / Description:

Students will create a 3D model comprised of 3 different shapes. This will be done with Play-doh or in Tinkercad.  They will then find the Volume and Surface Area of the composite 3D shape.

Learning goals/objectives:

After completing this activity, students should be able to . . .

Find the Volume of a composite shape.

Find the Surface Area of a composite shape.

Workplace Readiness Skill: 

    Social Skills   Communication 
   Teamwork    x      Critical Thinking
x    Attitude and Initiative  x  Planning and Organization
   Professionalism    Media Etiquette

Content Standards:

Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems


CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 Model with mathematics.

CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP6 Attend to precision.

Educational Frameworks:

B-LS 2. Demonstrate creativity

B-LS 5. Apply media and technology skills


Computer or Play-doh

Student sheet (link below)


Learning Activities:

WHO (T=Teacher Focus Lesson; WG=Whole Group\; SM=Small Group; I=Independent)

Learning Activity Task                                                WHO is responsible
for this step?
Approximate time
for task
IntroductionT5 minutes
Work time on modeling and calculationsI30 minutes
Wrap up and QuestionsWG5 minutes

Assessment: I will collect the student worksheet that I have created.

Wrap-Up: Whole Group discussion about the project.

Extension Activity (for intervention or enrichment):

Students will 3D print their object from tinkercad and measure the Volume and Surface Area from the object.



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