Looking for an engaging, low-prep, and hands-on math project for a class or something to provide an additional challenge for your gifted students? This extension project allows students to practice, apply, and extend their knowledge of measurement, area, and perimeter by building a kite!
In this project, students will classify shapes, measure angles, and measure and calculate the perimeter and area of their kite. I used this project with my 4th graders but it would also be appropriate for 5th and 6th graders.
4th Grade: This is a great challenge for 4th graders because it requires them to calculate the area of either a triangle or rhombus and that is a sixth-grade skill. That part was an awesome challenge for my gifted students! The project would still be appropriate for the general class as it requires them to apply mainly 4th-grade content. Suggestions for possible differentiation for struggling and gifted learners are included in the teacher instructions.
5th Grade: The main connection to the fifth-grade curriculum would be the shape classifications. If you choose to use the kite project for a fifth-grade class, you may want to use it as a beginning of year review, an end of year activity, or when you teach how to classify shapes.
6th Grade: For sixth grade, this is a great activity to use when teaching how to calculate the area of triangles and other shapes. It also will provide students hands-on experience to see how their triangles could fit together to make a square or decompose a rhombus into triangles to find the area. It could also be used as a beginning of year review or a fun end of the year project.
I hope your students enjoy getting to complete this project as much as mine did. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Thanks!