Area Center Activity Real Life

Evil Math Wizard
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This is an area activity that students immediately relate to. How many people can they invite to a slumber party, determined by the amount of floor space and the size of a sleeping bag? Using four different scenarios (increasing in complexity), the students will use grids and scaled down sleeping bags to help figure out the answer. This activity goes beyond figuring out area based on squares, to real life situations using rectangular sleeping bags. My students love this math center!

Note: This uses US/Imperial measurements.

If you are looking for a digital version ready for Google classroom, click here.

How can I use this product?

It can be used as a whole class activity, group challenge, partner work or an individual math center.

What is included?

PDF File contains 10 pages

• 3 pages of instructions and answer key

• 3 pages of worksheets (scaled grid on two activities)

• 1 page of sleeping bag manipulatives to cut out

• 3 pages – Cover page, my information, & common core standards

What are teachers saying?

"These 'real life' story problems are so much better than what students are usually asked to work with. My class really enjoyed them." - Collabor8

"Real life adorable!" - dvilliard

Is this available in a bundle as well?

No, not at this time.

Do you have other products that are related?

I have a Google Drive version! Also please check out my other geometry activities!

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.
Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).
Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.


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