Area and Perimeter Activity Puzzles Find Areas with Unit Squares 3.MD.5 & 3.MD.6

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Looking for a fun interactive teaching idea for area and perimeter? Well bingo! Look no further as Area and Perimeter Game Unit Squares Puzzles, for CCSS 3.MD.5 and 3.MD.6, will serve as an exciting lesson plan for 3rd grade elementary school classrooms. This is a great resource to incorporate into your unit as a guided math center rotation, review exercise, small group work, morning work, remediation, intervention or rti. It can also be used as a quiz, drill, test, or assessment tool to help determine student mastery of the learning target. Whether a student is homeschooled or given this task as a homework assignment, kids will also love working on these at home to study and improve their skills.

This puzzle set includes 24 colorful jigsaw puzzles, answer key, and an optional station instruction page with an example. These come as pdf printable sheets that can be printed on card stock and laminated for long-term use. As a suggestion, store them in a sealable gallon storage bag and place them in a foldable bin or tub for students to use throughout the year for enrichment when they finish early. Another idea, for a craft project, is students can glue the completed puzzles into a spiral notebook or journal as a model reference sheet. They can also be glued on a poster for displaying on a bulletin board or as a wall anchor chart.

By matching the shape of unit squares with the puzzle pieces with the correct area and perimeter, students can gain confidence in an important and sometimes challenging skill. Your 3rd graders will love to practice and learn to develop strategies about how to find the area and perimeter of figures composed of unit squares.

I hope you download and enjoy this engaging hands-on manipulative activity with your students! So set those worksheets aside and give our puzzles a try!

This product is included in the 3rd Grade Math Puzzles Bundle HERE

Relevant Grade 3 Common Core Standard 3.MD.C.5 and 3.MD.C.6

Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement. Measure areas by counting unit squares.

Cross Reference: Texas TEKS 3.6C and Virginia SOL 3.10B


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).
A plane figure which can be covered without gaps or overlaps by 𝘯 unit squares is said to have an area of 𝘯 square units.
A square with side length 1 unit, called “a unit square,” is said to have “one square unit” of area, and can be used to measure area.
Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.


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