STEM Challenge Perimeter and Area Set 1

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What a cute activity that helps connect area and perimeter with real life scenarios and careers to pursue. Loved this resource!
This was a great resource to help solidify and apply area and perimeter. The students were engaged the entire time and it was a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively!
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If you need a fabulous resource for practicing math skills and combining a STEM Challenge here you go! This one is all about perimeter and area and using those measures to create! 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!

Please note: This lesson is available in money-saving bundles!

Using a Book for Inspiration

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.

What is the challenge?

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.

But, there’s more! There is also a design challenge after students choose the best size for the dog run. They will get a chance to build a 3D model of the dog run- a tiny version! Still more! A scoring rubric has been added and all forms are editable!

What is your prep?

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 and this is optional); cm grid paper, construction paper, glue, markers, scissors, craft items, and chart paper.

In this package you will find;

  • a 5-page lesson guide that provides a materials list and then step-by-step procedures to follow to make this a great experience
  • a lab sheet is provided (with a sample student answer sheet)
  • 2 pages 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.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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