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What is an actuary? An actuary is an expert in statistics who works with businesses, governments, and organizations to help them plan for the future. Actuarial science is the discipline that applies math and statistical methods to assess risk.

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Setting the Stage with Geometry

Measuring Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume

Welcome to "Setting the Stage with Geometry," a newly expanded math program designed to help students build basic skills for measuring 2D and 3D shapes. Developed by The Actuarial Foundation with Scholastic, this program provides activities to help students become successful in the classroom and in real-world situations outside of school.

The lessons below are accompanied by fun printable worksheets as well as extension worksheets and take-home activities. A Standards Chart for Common Core State and NCTM Standards is also available.

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Perimeter and Area of 2D Shapes
Lesson 1: Perimeter and Area of 2D Shapes
Students will gain an understanding of the formulas that measure the perimeter and area of rectangles, circles, and triangles.
Lesson 2: Surface Area of 3D Shapes
Lesson 2: Surface Area of 3D Shapes
Students will develop an understanding of the formulas used to measure the surface area of rectangular prisms, cylinders, and square pyramids.
Lesson 3: Volume of 3D Shapes
Lesson 3: Volume of 3D Shapes
Students will attain an understanding of the formulas used to measure the volume of rectangular prisms, cylinders, and square pyramids.
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