Task# Shipping Rolled Oats

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

Students should think of different ways the cylindrical containers can be set up in a rectangular box. Through the process, students should realize that although some setups may seem different, they result in a box with the same volume. In addition, students should come to the realization (through discussion and/or questioning) that the thickness of a cardboard box is very thin and will have a negligible effect on the calculations. Given the different setups, students will generate the dimensions of the boxes and calculate the different surface areas.