Do I have enough wrapping paper?

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I have to wrap this box.        

In this problem based activity students first guess and then try to calculate whether they will have enough paper to wrap this present without taping pieces of wrapping paper together.

wrapping paper

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...with this wrapping paper ...

Consider starting off the lesson showing the pictures of the box and of the wrapping paper.  Ask kids if they think if one sheet will be enough to wrap the gift.  Ask them what information they need to be able to figure this out.  They might talk about setting up a scale based on the iPhone in the picture.  You can also provide students with the dimensions of the box (see the useful information pdf below)

Students can then work towards determining if one sheet will completely wrap the box.  Take the opportunity to share student ideas and reasoning.

As an extension we ask students to consider what the smallest sized piece of paper is that can be used to wrap this box and if they can devise a way to know, in general, if the wrapping paper is going to be sufficient for a certain sized box.

The activity: EnoughPaper.pdf

Useful information: Useful-info.pdf

CCSS: 6.G.1, 6.G.4, 7.G.6, HSG.MG.A.3, MP5

For members we have an editable Word docx, a teaching tips and solution pdf, and a PowerPoint form of the activity.

EnoughPaper.docx     EnoughPaper-tips-solutions.pdf      Enough-wrapping-paper.pptx


2 comments for “Do I have enough wrapping paper?

  1. Kim Kleich
    December 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

    When I click on the “Enough Paper” activity (and several others) I am getting a “403 Forbidden” Error message. Not too sure if anything can be done on your end to help, but if you could, I’d appreciate it.

    I was able to open and print the shipping crunch activity…don’t know what the difference is…

    Kim Kleich

    • December 5, 2018 at 6:15 am

      Hi Kim. I can’t reproduce what you’ve done and see what might be causing it. Everything works fine from here. Let me know if this persists. Leslie

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