STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Perimeter and Area

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STEM Engineering Challenge: It’s all about perimeter and area and using those measures to create!

*** Please note: This lesson is available in a combination package.

STEM Challenges are great activities to engage students in their learning. Research tells us that kids learn more by doing and EVEN BETTER this package adds literature to your STEM experience!

The activities found in this package were inspired by a book by Loreen Leedy called "Measuring Penny”. Picture books can provide the perfect starting point for so many learning activities and it works for science investigations, too. Using the book is, of course, optional. This investigation can be completed without reading the book to your class or a similar book can be substituted.

This one day STEM challenge will have your students thinking about perimeter and area. After hearing the book read (or talking about measuring perimeter and area) students will be given a specific perimeter to use in designing a Dog Run. They must find all the combinations of sides in a rectangular shape that will create the Dog Run. After finding these rectangles students will also determine the area of each. Finally, they must choose which shape would make the best Dog Run for a dog and explain why.

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: a copy of the book by Loreen Leedy called “Measuring Penny” (or a similar read aloud); cm grid paper, construction paper, glue, markers, scissors, and chart paper.

In this package you will find a lesson guide that provides a materials list and then step-by-step procedures to follow to make this a great experience. A page of Helpful Hints gives ideas of specific things to think about while using this package. Two versions of lab sheets are provided (one with a sample student answer sheet) and a page of photos to guide the use of the package is included. A page of Extensions gives ideas of continuing the activity as a whole class or in your science/math centers. A Homework idea is included with a sheet ready for you to use.

The package specifically contains: Cover, Teacher Background page, Materials and Preparation page, 2 pages of Step-by-Step Procedures, Extensions page, Helpful Hints page, lab sheet with sample answers, Photo page, 6 pages with sample answer grids, and various other pages of samples for your use, including a bonus homework assignment.

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This set works great with two other math-based challenges:
STEM Challenge- Using Perimeter and Area
STEM Challenge- Finding the Mean, Median, Mode, and Range

This challenge is also available in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Challenges – A Bundle of Math Based STEM Challenges

Or, even better this challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Math Skills


You might also like these STEM Challenges:

STEM Challenge- Building Boats
STEM Challenge- Build a Car!
STEM Challenge – Build a Platform Using Straws
STEM Challenge – Build a Platform Using Craft Sticks

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STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Perimeter and Area
STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Perimeter and Area
STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Perimeter and Area
STEM Activity Challenge: Exploring Perimeter and Area