

Cylinders
and Scale
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What It Is (continued)
Have the students make a number of scaledup cylinders by doubling, tripling,
etc., the height and circumference of the unit rectangle. Butcher paper
works well for the double, triple, and quadruplesized cylinders. Use
stiffer tagboard or old file folders for the next few sizes. To make a
doubled cylinder, one side of the rectangle is equal to h X 2 and
the other side is c X 2 (see illustration). As students measure
and cut out rectangles for larger cylinders, it is a good idea to have
them trace their outlines on a sheet of chart paper before they tape them
up into cylinders. This provides a convenient resource for comparison,
measurements, and display of results. Some students have found it useful
to have these outlines colorcoded by size.
Measuring for Linear Dimensions
Each student group should start with a blank version of the chart (available
here). In the first session, they measure
the linear dimensions and the area of the sides. There are two ways to
make these linear and area measurements. The first method has the students
measuring the lengths in centimeters and the areas in number of square
centimeters covered.
