Area, Perimeter, and Volume Design a City Challenge

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LaFountaine of Knowledge
Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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9 pages
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Students loved being creative in math class, while learning and urban planning. Great resource for the end of the year for students working on volume and perimeter.
This was a fun hands-on way for students to continue their exploration of volume! I made it an optional activity during our unit and many students were intrigued and gave it a shot.
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  1. This bundle includes 3 differentiated project based learning projects: Level 1: Design a Farm Challenge - students design a farm with vegetable gardens and animal enclosures using a minimum required area and perimeter. This resource uses smaller numbers and a larger grid. It's perfect for 3rd grade.
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In this math project based learning activity, students use area, perimeter, and volume to design their own city. They must adhere to the minimum size requirements for roads and green space and other project guidelines as they construct their city. After constructing their city, students must:

  • find the perimeter of the green space
  • find the total surface area of roads
  • find the volume of each 3D rectangular prism building

This download includes:

  • teacher directions
  • student directions and project guidelines
  • all printable materials needed
  • a scoring rubric
  • a finished example

This project is ideal for 5th grade and above. For an easier version of this project, check out my Area and Perimeter Design a Zoo Challenge or, even easier, Area and Perimeter Design a Farm Challenge. Or buy the bundle of all 3 to save 30%! Great for differentiation!

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Total Pages
9 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
A cube with side length 1 unit, called a “unit cube,” is said to have “one cubic unit” of volume, and can be used to measure volume.
A solid figure which can be packed without gaps or overlaps using 𝘯 unit cubes is said to have a volume of 𝘯 cubic units.
Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.


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