When it comes to helping your kids understand and apply the concepts of volume and surface area, real-world applications are key.

And there may be no better real-world connection than the familiar rectangular chocolate bar. 

The following activity gives kids an opportunity to apply their understanding of volume and surface area, including formulas, in a chocolatey context.

The activity focuses on higher-level thinking applications and requires that students be familiar with finding the area, volume, perimeter, and surface area of rectangular prisms.


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Learning Standards: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume. Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

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By Anthony Persico

Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.