**Learning Targets:**

- I can use the four operations on decimals to find surface areas and reason about real-world problems.

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Illustrative Math

Grade 6

Let’s use what we know about decimals to make and measure boxes.

Illustrative Math Unit 6.5, Lesson 15 (printable worksheets)

Your teacher will demonstrate how to make an open-top box by folding a sheet of paper. Your group will receive 3 or more sheets of square paper. Each person in your group will make 1 box. Before you begin folding:

- Record the side lengths of your papers, from the smallest to the largest.

- Paper for Box 1: ______________ cm
- Paper for Box 2: _______________ cm
- Paper for Box 3: ________________ cm

- Compare the side lengths of the square sheets of paper. Be prepared to explain how you know.

a. The side length of the paper for Box 2 is ________ times the side length of the paper for Box 1.

b. The side length of the paper for Box 3 is ________ times the side length of the paper for Box 1. - Make some predictions about the measurements of the three boxes your group will make:

- The surface area of Box 3 will be ________ as large as that of Box 1.
- Box 2 will be ________ times as tall as Box 1.
- Box 3 will be ________ times as tall as Box 1.

Now you are ready to fold your paper into a box!

Now that you have made your boxes, you will measure them and check your predictions about how their heights and surface areas compare.

- a. Measure the length and height of each box to the nearest tenth of a centimeter. Record the measurements in the table.

side length of paper (cm) | length of box (cm) | height of box (cm) | surface area (sq cm) | |

Box 1 | ||||

Box 2 | ||||

Box 3 |

2. To see how many times as large one measurement is when compared to another, we can compute their quotient. Divide each measurement of Box 2 by the corresponding measurement for Box 1 to complete the following statements.

a. The length of Box 2 is ________ times the length of Box 1.

b. The height of Box 2 is ________ times the height of Box 1.

c. The surface area of Box 2 is ________ times the surface area of Box 1.

3. Find out how the dimensions of Box 3 compare to those of Box 1 by computing quotients of their lengths, heights, and surface areas. Show your reasoning.

a. The length of Box 3 is ________ times the length of Box 1.

b. The height of Box 3 is ________ times the height of Box 1.

c. The surface area of Box 3 is ________ times the surface area of Box 1.

4. Record your results in the table.

side length of paper (cm) | length of box (cm) | height of box (cm) | surface area (sq cm) | |

Box 2 compared to Box 1 | ||||

Box 3 compared to Box 1 |

- How accurate were your predictions? Were they close to the results you found by performing calculations?

- Let’s say you had another piece of square paper to make Box 4. If the side length of this paper is 4 times the side length of the paper for Box 1, predict how the length, height, and surface area of Box 4 would compare to those of Box 1. How did you make your prediction?

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