This Depth & Complexity math word problem allows kids to explore their thinking while solving a real world problem. Students are given a particular area of a clubhouse, and then asked to find all the different dimensions the clubhouse could be. They're also asked to find the perimeter for each of the dimensions. Not only will students need to find the perimeter and area of a clubhouse, but they will also be examining the details of the problem, determining important math vocabulary, and solving the problem in different ways. Students will also need to explain their thinking as they finally solve the problem.
Although these lessons are designed for GATE students, I still use them with my "Non GATE" learners, and they really enjoy it. Teachers have the choice of using this as an independent activity, an assessment, as a math center, or as a way for kids to work together cooperatively, as some of the sheets include cooperative learning structures. This allows kids the opportunity to verbalize their learning and communicate like mathematicians.
I have included several different template/layout options to use for your preference. You can even use the different layouts to differentiate for your kiddos. Also included is the option to write in the numerical amounts used in the word problem should you want to increase or decrease the numbers given.
Included in this lesson are:
+ Frame with icons (work independently)
+ Frame with icons embedded with cooperative learning structures to work part of the activity in groups and in partnerships)
+ 2 Frames with option to write in different numerical amounts (with and without cooperative learning structures)
+ Optional frames
1) no icons, but instead, kids must solve the problem 3 different ways,
2) same as above but with the option to change numerical amounts,
3) word problem only which leaves more space to work the problem
4) word problem only with option to change numerical amounts
5) word problem and 4 boxes to solve 4 ways
6) same as #5 but with option to change numerical amounts
7) word problem, same icons as the frame but with a different layout
8) same as #7, but with option to change numerical amounts
9) same as 7&8 but embedded with cooperative learning structures.
+ Sample answer key and Suggestions for Use included
If you like this packet, you may also like some of my other Depth & Complexity packets:
Depth & Complexity Math Bundle: Division Fractions Decimals
Depth & Complexity Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Addition and Subtraction
Depth & Complexity Foundations of Multiplication
Depth & Complexity Money Word Problem
Puzzlement Group Investigation Activity Organizer
Adaptations Depth & Complexity Science Frame and Activities
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