Why Are Honeycomb Cells Hexagonal?
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# Why Are Honeycomb Cells Hexagonal?

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Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards

Honeybees have evolved over time to skillfully build hexagonal honeycomb cells. Why might a hexagon be a suitable shape for storing honey? Could other shapes, such as circles, triangles, or squares, work just as well?

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Cell-Volume-Investigation-Templates.pdf

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Cell-Shape-Template.pdf

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CER-Worksheet-1.docx

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Exploring-Surface-Area-and-Volume-of-Cell-Shapes.pdf

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Honeycomb-Cell-Shape-Investigation-Worksheet.pdf

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Macro-and-Micro-Observations-of-Honeycombs-1.docx

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Sharing-Cell-Walls-Worksheet.pdf

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### Standards

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole-number side lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Recognize area as additive. Find areas of rectilinear figures by decomposing them into non-overlapping rectangles and adding the areas of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems.

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