Surface Area Advanced


Surface Area Advanced introduces students to the concept of finding the surface area of certain 3D figures. The lesson focuses specifically on rectangular prisms, pyramids with a square base, cylinders, and cones. The lesson explains what each of these figures are and what shapes create them. It also provides the equations and examples for each type of figure. The practice and homework worksheets in particular provides students with many practice examples.

The lesson presents an extra suggestion for teaching in the “Options for Lesson” section on the Classroom Procedure page. You can, if you choose, have students design and construct packaging for a product using a given surface area.

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What our Surface Area Advanced lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Surface Area Advanced teaches students how to find the surface area of several objects. The lesson focuses only on rectangular prisms, cylinders, pyramids, and cones. By the end, students will know exactly how to figure out the surface area of any of these figures.

There are only two pages of lesson content, but each page provides detailed instruction. Students will first learn what surface area (SA) means in relation to three-dimensional objects. Then they will learn about each of the four figures. First, they will talk define prisms and what classifies as prism. Then they will move on to pyramids. This lesson will focus on pyramids with a square base.

Next, students will learn about cylinders, and last, they will discuss cones. Each section provides the equation to find the SA of the corresponding figure. Then it lists provides a break-down of how to solve the equation with the measurements on the figures.


You will have to do some prep work for the activity worksheet. You will divide the students into groups and give each group six cans of varying sizes. Number the cans so that the students can sort them. Students will order the cans from smallest to largest based on their SA and write the order on the sheet. Then they will measure and find the SA of each can. Then they will order the cans again, and they may find that the new order differs from the first. Last, they will answer the question at the bottom of the page.


The practice worksheet requires students to calculate the SA of eight total figures. There are two figures for each type of shape. Students will show their work in the space next to the figure.


The homework mimics the practice worksheet. Students will solve the SA of eight figures, two for each type of figure shape. They will show how they got their answers using the blank spaces next to the figures.

Additional information


6th Grade


Advanced, Math

State Educational Standards

LB.MATH.CONTENT.6-Advanced Lesson

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.