By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, August 22, 2006
- Middle School
- Product Design
Common Core State Standards
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
English Language Arts Standards: Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
English Language Arts Standards: Science & Technical Subjects
Key Ideas and Details:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
- design a 3-dimensional box based on a given volume
- calculate and analyze the volume of 3-dimensional figures
- design a candy box that appeals to 8-12 year olds
- "Candy Box Design"worksheet
- colored construction paper
- markers, colored pencils
- poster board
- various shaped containers of the same volume
Building Background Same Volume, Different ShapeThe purpose of this activity is to examine how various containers can hold the same volume, but can differ in shape. 1. Bring in several boxes that have the same volume, but different shapes. Share and discuss the boxes with your students. 2. Divide the class into small groups. Write the formula volume = length x width x height on the board. Give each group three different-sized boxes. Ask students to predict which box has the greatest and least volume. Have students use the formula to find the volume of each box.
Steps for Learning Design a Candy BoxThe purpose of this activity is to provide students with an opportunity to design a candy box that meets a given criteria. 1. Students may work in pairs or in small groups for this activity. 2. Tell students that a candy manufacturer has hired them to design and construct a box for a new candy that they are launching. The company wants a unique box design that has a stable base. They want the package to stand out on the shelf and appeal to children in the 8 - 12 age group. The volume of the box needs to be 12 in.3 (192 cm3 ). 3. Pass out the Candy Box Design worksheet and have students complete the steps outlined in the worksheet. 4. After students have completed their boxes, have groups switch boxes and use the volume formula to check the volume of the boxes.