Gingerbread House Area and Perimeter Design Challenge

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2nd - 4th
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This math unit contains everything you need to not only make adorable gingerbread houses with your students, but also to teach area and perimeter at the same time! The weeks leading up to holiday break can be hectic, but this gingerbread area and perimeter unit will keep your students engaged and learning!

This is a printable version, check out the digital version here!

In this resource you will find:

•Gingerbread House Blueprint- students will use graph paper to design their own gingerbread house and decompose it into separate rooms to find the total area. 

Sample Gingerbread House Blueprint- Use this to model with your students before they create their own blueprint.

Calculation Sheet- a page to record and calculate the area of each gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House Challenge- a cut and paste activity to help your students understand that rectangles can have the same area but different shapes (2 separate challenges).

Exterior Design- students will work within a budget to design the exterior of their gingerbread house.

Area Practice Page- You can use this as independent practice or a formative assessment for finding the area of an object. 

Cookies Perimeter Practice Page- Students will practice finding the perimeter of holiday themed cookies.

Word Problems- Area and perimeter word problems can be tricky! Use these example problems as a mini-lesson or independent practice. 

Gingerbread House Resources- Your students will have a blast building their own real individual gingerbread houses. We've included everything you need to do this including: tips and tricks, parent letter and step by step student directions.

14 pages packed with Gingerbread House Fun!!!


❤️"This was a fun activity for my kids that I tied into our gingerbread house building we do at Christmas time.  This was a great way to integrate perimeter and area into this fun activity!"

❤️"This was fabulous! My class loved the activity. We made and decorated gingerbread houses during the last week of school before Christmas. This activity booklet was a great way to have students extend the learning."

❤️"This is a great one to add into my "challenge packet".  I also love that you provided lots of different math activities that go along with building a gingerbread house plus great, clear instructions for doing a gingerbread house project in class!"

❤️"My students loved this activity.  I loved it because they were learning and thinking about area and perimeter while they worked."

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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.
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.
Find the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths by tiling it, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths.


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