Area and Perimeter Puzzlers - task cards + printables (set B)

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Challenge your students’ understanding of area and perimeter with this set of task cards & printables. The 32 task cards in this set present multi-step problems that will require your students to apply area and perimeter formulas in mathematical situations. Extend your students’ practice (or assess their level of mastery) with the two included worksheets. With these resources, your students will grow stronger in their understanding of these key measurement concepts.

• 32 task cards
• 2 journal-sized graphic reference sheets
• task card answer sheet and key
• 2 two-sided activity sheets and scoring guide

The printables consist of two graphic reference sheets and two different two-page activity sheets. One reference sheet defines the concepts of “area” and “perimeter”, while the other gives a step-by-step procedure for solving problems like the ones featured on the cards. You can give these to the students before they work on the cards and allow the students to use the sheet as a reference while they complete the cards.

Each of the 32 cards presents the students with a multi-step problem that requires the application of formulas for area and/or perimeter. Cards that require the calculation (or application) of area use squares and rectangles only. Cards that relate to perimeter use a variety of shapes, triangles through hexagons – with regular and irregular polygons represented. I designed the problems on the cards to be true “puzzlers” – students will need to work through two or more steps to solve each of the cards, and the variety of question types will force the kids to read the cards carefully. Some of the cards have similar question types (cards #5 and #11, for instance), so students will have multiple opportunities to work through a given type of problem. I found this was a big help to my own students, who recognized when they encountered a problem similar to one they had done earlier – and knew what strategy would be helpful in solving the problem at hand!

The cards are ordered so that ones that are similar, or somewhat similar, are together. The first 16 cards all involve only rectangles and squares and require students to be able to be flexible about the application of formulae for area and perimeter. The next four cards – cards #17 through #20 – present triangles, and only require students to be knowledgeable about how to find the perimeter of a given triangle. Cards #21 through #26 involve regular and irregular pentagons and hexagons and also only involve perimeter. The final 6 cards present figures that are composed of or decomposed into two shapes and have students use the dimensions of one figure to find the area or perimeter of the other.

The two provided activity sheets can be used to evaluate your students’ ability to solve problems that relate to area and perimeter. The worksheets are formatted similarly, and have similar types of questions, though the numbers on each are different. You can use these activity pages in a variety of ways. You could give one as a pre-test, then teach your lesson and allow students to practice with the task cards, and then give the second worksheet as an independent post-test. You could also have the students work on the task cards, then complete one of the worksheet as guided practice with yourself, a partner, or a small group, and then give the second worksheet as an independent assessment. The worksheets could also be given as homework, center assignments, or any other purpose that fits your teaching style or classroom routines.

For more practice with area & perimeter of rectangular figures, please check out the other related resources I have available –
In and Around - area and perimeter task cards + printables (set A)
In and Around - area and perimeter task cards + printables (set B)
Dimensional Dilemmas area of a rectangle "I Have...Who Has?" cards FREE

I hope your students enjoy these resources and are able to build their proficiency with perimeter and area.
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Area and Perimeter Puzzlers - task cards + printables (set B)
Area and Perimeter Puzzlers - task cards + printables (set B)
Area and Perimeter Puzzlers - task cards + printables (set B)
Area and Perimeter Puzzlers - task cards + printables (set B)