Area - Building Block Area
This resource gets your students working with building blocks to build different areas in a fun, hands-on way.
This resource includes:
•Minds-On Task – this open ended question can be used as a diagnostic, entrance slip, or a full group introduction to the task. Students should have a variety of building blocks available to them so they can explore the answers to this task.
•12 Task Cards – these task cards make a great math station or partner activity. Students will stretch their brains as they try to manipulate the given blocks in different ways to get the required area and shape (note: in some cases, there are various possible answers – in such cases, ask the students to PROVE they are correct by writing the formula and solving for the area). Ten cards are for rectangles, and 2 challenge cards are for irregular polygons. Students can explore and work with the cards as a math center (students do not require building blocks to complete these cards, but I would recommend having them available for students so they can actually explore the concepts in a hands-on way). Including the recording sheet (where students will draw the answer) as a requirement for the students to complete allows for an easy formative assessment for you.
•Answer Page and Recording Page – students can self-check their answers during math stations, or you can use the page for more formal checks.
*** This resource is included in my Area and Perimeter Bundle which contains 3 different building block resources to get your students working with area and perimeter. ***