Area and Perimeter Task Cards

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3rd - 5th
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  1. Area and perimeter concepts are a huge part of third and fourth grade math! Unfortunately, text books often provide low level, fill-in the-blank area and perimeter problems. These three area and perimeter resources are perfect for building understanding, keeping students engaged, and using formati
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Looking for a way to give your students additional practice with area and perimeter skills? This set of 20 differentiated area and perimeter task cards increases in difficulty throughout the set.

The first cards involve counting squares to find area and perimeter. As the set progresses, students use the area and perimeter formulas to solve “open” rectangle problems. Finally, the last 8 cards have “irregular” shapes that require students to either decompose the shape into smaller rectangles or to find the area of the entire shape and "take away" a piece. What a great way for students to share their different strategies and improve their math talk!

Use in countless ways!

  • as a math station…
  • as a class review…
  • with an intervention group...or
  • showcase individual cards under a document camera for a class warm up!
  • Laminate the cards and encourage students to interact with them--to draw, label, count, or use any strategies they have for solving these differentiated cards.

I have included the cards in both color and gray tones for complete flexibility. A recording sheet and answer key are included as well!


Looking for other area and perimeter resources?

Area and Perimeter Teaching Tandem

Or the two resources from that resource available separately!

5 Area and Perimeter Activities to Deepen Understanding

Area and Perimeter Formative Assessments


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize area as additive. Find areas of rectilinear figures by decomposing them into non-overlapping rectangles and adding the areas of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems.
Use tiling to show in a concrete case that the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths 𝘢 and 𝘣 + 𝘤 is the sum of 𝘢 × 𝘣 and 𝘢 × 𝘤. Use area models to represent the distributive property in mathematical reasoning.
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.
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole-number side lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.


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