Use problem based learning to review area and perimeter of two-dimension shapes, including triangles, rectangles, squares, parallelograms, and trapezoids. We all agree that students should know how to calculate area and perimeter of two-dimensional shapes coming into 6th grade. The reality is that many need a refresher. This activity is my solution to helping students review while improving their problem solving abilities. It comes with a full answer key and one-page teacher instructions.
I start with the cut and paste activity that students do with a partner. I have also included a fill in the blanks worksheet that can be used in place of the cut and paste activity. After making sure everyone understands how to find perimeter and area, I let them continue working on the problem based learning questions, in groups of 2 to 3 students. My classes typically take 2-3 class periods to complete everything.
The biggest challenge for students I have seen with this activity is designing and trapezoid play area and then finding the area and perimeter. This is something they design and calculate the area and perimeter. I have included the grid my students use (with one square equaling two feet). This part of the activity generally produces the most content rich discussions. I have had a few students who prefer to draw it out on plain paper using a ruler. I allow them to choose either way as long as the work is done.
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