This is a great activity that appeals to kinesthetic learners. This hands on activity requires Cheez-Its and allows students to manipulate the Cheez-Its to form different polygons and determine the area and perimeter of each shape. I have used this activity several times and it has proven to be effective. Students love it as well and can relate the activity to real world situations.
to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.
Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).
Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.