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Using Nets to Find Surface Area: A Free Math Activity

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
Why does surface area have to be so intimidating?  My kids are excellent at calculating the areas of squares, rectangles, and triangles.  Buuuuuut, the second you throw multiple parts and pieces together, it becomes instantly overwhelming.

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
To practice finding surface area, I passed out random nets to my students in class.  I asked them to neatly cut them out.  (I know, I know....I'm asking a lot here.)


Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
They folded up their shapes, and named the solid figure that they had created.

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
Then, they assigned a measurement or measurements to their shapes.

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
Students with more complex shapes loved the opportunity to only label a portion of the net.  Later, this will require their friends to figure out the missing measurements.

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
After each solid figure was ready for calculating the surface area, I walked around the room and numbered each figure.

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
Then, we played a good ol' game of Scoot!  This was quite a challenge for them, but they LOVED it!

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
You can grab this set of nets for FREE by clicking the image above!

Finding surface area on tricky objects can be frustrating for students. This FREE printable allows for a hands on approach to practice their geometry skills. Passing out nets for the students to cut out and come up with their own units of measure for the sides gives them some freedom. Then having all the students scoot around the room to figure out the surface areas of their peers shapes gets their minds and bodies moving! {freebie, geometry, math activity, upper elementary, centers}
You can also grab this set of task cards to use for centers, review, or small groups!

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