This project allows students to design a new playground. Students are given the dimensions (area and perimeter) and cost of various playground equipment. There is a list of 15 items and a choice to add gravel, mulch or sand to go underneath their playground equipment. Each square unit represents one foot. The budget is $30,000. The perimeter and area of each item are given and they must purchase items and design (draw) their playground on the(grid paper) blueprint. They also calculate the total cost of their items as they budget their money. The skills covered are: area, perimeter, and adding/subtracting on a budget. The students come up with their design and are able to show how they spent their money on the chart provided. This could easily be adapted for upper grades. I use this activity as a math center activity. This covers Core Content 4.MD.3 and 4.NBT.4.
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