Assemble a Paper Building (Math)



Students will construct a Paper Tower using the concept of a "Post and Lintel" structure. Students will pair up and build a tower using two different types of "Posts" (Rectangular and Cylinder) and their math textbook as the "Lintel."

Students will find the Area and Surface Area of the two basic shapes: Rectangle (Rectangular) and Circle (Cylinder), respectively. They will analyze these basic shapes by understanding the basic fundamental components of how a building is made. Students will become familiar with the terms Compression, Tension, Post, Lintel, Area, and Surface Area.

Lesson Time

3 Class period
50 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Technology
    • Engineering Design
    • Architectural Design
    • Environmental Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Networking
K-12 Subjects
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California Math Common Core Standards (1)
California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to find the Area of a Rectangle and Circle. Students will extend their knowledge of an Area to finding the Surface Area of these shapes.
  • Students will fabricate a strong and tall paper building using the "Post and Lintel" concept.
  • Students will describe the advantages and disadvantages between the two "Post" shapes.
  • Students will predict the weak point of a post when constructing the post (if any).

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