Learning about Surface Area and Volume Using "Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!"

By Joyce Palmer Allen

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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Abstract

The purpose of this lesson is to help students extend their knowledge of area, perimeter, and volume to include surface area.  The understanding of these concepts begin in the elementary grades and helps students understand events such as why a hot potato cools down quicker when it is spread out in smaller pieces and why a cell is triggered to divide.  This understanding is even more important when students begin to understand  the micro and nano scales in middle and high school.  This lesson is aimed at students in grades 3-5.

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Development and distribution partially funded by the National Science Foundation. Georgia Institute of Technology. 

References

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns ISBN 10: 0545044456  ISBN 13: 9780545044455

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  • Joyce Palmer Allen (2016), "Learning about Surface Area and Volume Using "Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!"," https://nanohub.org/resources/23928.

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NNCI Nano1, Nancy Healy2

1. National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 2. NNCI Education and Outreach, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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