I developed this game to help my students build understanding about how perimeter and area are related. Specifically, we were working on 3.MD.8 and I needed a fun way for students to think critically about this part of that standard "...and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.". This game did all that and more for my students!
I love that the game naturally differentiates for all my students. My students that are still working on understanding the difference between area and perimeter got practice with that and students that were ready for the deeper level concept of thinking how area and perimeter are related and connected got that... all from the same game!
All the materials are included. There is a lesson plan with questions to use before, during, and after the game, a student friendly direction page, a game board, perimeter cards, and a work space page you can have students show their thinking on and turn in to you.
Basically, students share the game board, but each have their own work space page and a different color crayon. On a player's turn, they turn over a card with a given perimeter on it, try out different rectangles to find one with the biggest perimeter, and draw it on the game board. After five rounds, the player with he largest total area of all their rectangles wins!
Students will be practicing perimeter and area skills including finding rectangles with different areas, but the same perimeter, and addition skills when they add up all the areas of their rectangles.
The game is fun, but involves critically thinking about math at the same time! Every time we play it their skills grow.