These 6 activities are designed to introduce and work with perimeter, area, and creating certain objects based on particular measurements. Of course, the students have to calculate area and perimeter of each creation. Rubrics, graphic organizers, and forms are included. The activities are outlined below...
Area and Perimeter Vocabulary Cards
You can use these vocabulary cards (great graphic organizers) to help the students understand the definitions, formulas, real-life applications, and visuals of area and perimeter. You don’t have to make a class set of copies, either. You can project these and the students can easily draw them into their notebooks. It helps them to understand the concept better and creates a visual they can keep in their minds to reduce confusion between area and perimeter.
Area and Perimeter Tasks
You can use these tasks as rotating centers or as activities for the students to complete during math time. The lower students can complete 1 task, the average students can complete 2 tasks, and the higher students can complete all 3. You can manage these centers the way you choose, but they are activities that are high-interest to the students and involve area and perimeter skills! Task A involves the students creating a popsicle-stick frame, Task B requires the students using streamers (or another material of your choice) to create polygons, and Task C has the students using floor tape to create larger shapes on the floor or on their desks.
Area and Perimeter Boxes
You can use this form and boxes that you provide for the students to measure and calculate area and perimeter and answer higher-order thinking questions about the boxes.
Area and Perimeter Windmills
In this project, the students create a small windmill using construction paper and popsicle sticks. They calculate the area and perimeter of each blade, and then they glue them on the popsicle stick. It gives them practice with measurement, area, and perimeter. The rubric and instructions are included.
Area and Perimeter Solar Grids
In this project, the students create a solar grid using construction paper and posters. They calculate the area and perimeter of each grid panel, and then they glue them to the poster (to create a grid) using certain measurements and margins on the poster. This project gives the students more practice and hands-on experience with measurement, area, and perimeter. The rubric and instructions are included.
Area and Perimeter Cubing
In this project, the students roll a cube that is labeled A-F. The question they answer will be determined by what letter they roll. This is easily differentiated because you can have lower students answer fewer questions and higher students answer more questions. The cube is not included, but is easily found for free online. I have not created an original one, so I could not include it.
Area and Perimeter Video Game Controller
In this project, the students create a video game controller using construction paper (or a piece of a poster, bulletin paper, or other paper of your choice). They create the controller by measuring and cutting the controller based on certain measurements. They also create buttons for the controller in different shapes with different areas and perimeters (they choose the meaasurements). The rubric and instructions are included. This project gives the students more practice and hands-on experience with measurement, area, and perimeter.