Thank you for your interest in the “Merry Measurement” instructional material. This product provides math learners with Christmas-themed fun and engaging problem solving activities presented in a task card format.
The elves are ready and waiting to get to work on those last minute gifts Santa is finishing. They are cutting wood and book covers, adding border and decorative trim, and performing many other tasks. They are experts with the tools, but are struggling with some of the math concepts they need to know in order to complete
their projects. Would your students be so kind as to help them figure out the area and perimeter of some of the toys so they can measure and cut correctly?
This product includes 16 task cards (4 to a page) with a variety of word problems that require careful reading and thinking. Please take a look at samples taken from the product in the preview to get an idea of the problem solving content. Examples include (but are not limited to):
- Determining the perimeter of an item and figuring out the total number of inches needed of a border if they were to complete multiple copies of the same item
- Calculating the surface area of an item and figuring out the total dimensions of material needed if they were to need to produce a certain number of the designated item
- Given the size of a piece of fabric and the dimensions of an item being made, determine how many of that item could be made using that piece of fabric
The math and computation skills needed to complete these problems are not extremely difficult, but students are challenged to think carefully about what is being asked before solving the problem. I intentionally added descriptive details that were not essential to solving the problem and included many different ways of asking questions to encourage critical problem solving thinking & discourage quickly scanning of the word problem for “key words” or common questions that might be linked to a particular operation. If your students are used to following a particular pre-set format (for instance looking for those key words) you may need to use these problems during modeled math lessons rather than expect them to use the task cards independently right away.
This product includes an informational page for both teacher & students on “perimeter” and ”area” with a sort of “think aloud” step by step description. This is optional information and is not necessary to use prior to working on the task cards, but might prove to be useful instructional material.
Also included are several optional pages of different size “graph paper” on which the students can draw the items and organize their information. I provided multiple options to give classroom teachers some choice to fit the learning needs of their students. Therefore, you may choose to run off the graph paper squares you think will be the most helpful in assisting your students solve the problems.
There is a detailed answer key with possible graph paper solutions and steps to solving the problem written out.
The recording sheets provided have space for the students to show their work whether you choose to have students do the problems independently at a math center or use the problems as material for guided math lessons.
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by Amy Bratsos
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