Mathalicious: Tricks of the Tray'd

It’s not always easy to get students to make healthy choices in the lunchroom, but one possible solution might be right under their noses: the cafeteria tray.

By giving more visual real estate – but not more actual space – to the most enticing items, students might feel like they’re getting more of the foods they love, without going overboard on calories.

In this lesson, students calculate volumes of rectangular prisms and use that information to design an appealing and well-balanced tray.


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Engineering Topics
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6th Grade

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