Lesson 14

Nets and Surface Area

Lesson Narrative

Previously, students learned about polyhedra, analyzed and defined their features, and investigated their physical representations. Students also identified the polygons that compose a polyhedron; they recognized a net as an arrangement of these polygons and as a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional figure.

This lesson extends students' understanding of polyhedra and their nets. They practice visualizing the polyhedra that could be assembled from given nets and use nets to find the surface area of polyhedra.

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Match polyhedra with their nets and justify (orally) that they match.
  • Use a net with gridlines to calculate the surface area of a prism or pyramid and explain (in writing) the solution method.
  • Visualize and identify the polyhedron that can be assembled from a given net.

Student Facing

Let’s use nets to find the surface area of polyhedra.

Required Preparation

Prepare physical copies of the nets in the warm-up, in case needed to support students with visualization. The blackline master contains a larger version of these nets. 

Make copies of the nets in the blackline master for the main activity. Prepare one set of 3 nets (A, B, and C) and some glue or tape for each group of 3 students.  

Learning Targets

Student Facing

  • I can match polyhedra to their nets and explain how I know.
  • When given a net of a prism or a pyramid, I can calculate its surface area.

CCSS Standards


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