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: 

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:

Wisconsin Standards for Mathematics

Geometric Measurement and Dimension

Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems

Standards for Mathematical Practice

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 (below)
  • www.tinkercad.com
  • Calculator

Download: First_look_for_the_formulas_for_these_shapes.pdf

Download: 3D_Model_volume_and_Surface_area.pdf

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
Day 1
Practice volume and Surface area with individual shapes
(Model an example then let the students practice an example for
each of the different shapes)
WG/I40 minutes

Day 2
IntroductionT5 minutes
 Work time on modeling and calculations I30 minutes 

Wrap up and Questions 
 WG5 minutes 


Summative Assessment - Collect student worksheet linked above.


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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