First, introduce Rube Goldberg machines (a complicated series of events put together to complete a simple task). Use this sheet for students groups to work together to plan, build, test, and improve their machines.
Once my class already adapted one of two specific fairy tales, I used this packet to guide students in adapting another of their choice. I also used parts to guide their initial stories.
In this packet, students choose a fairy tale, summarize, pick
Once your students learn how to count squares to find the area, you can use this to teach them to estimate the area of an imperfect shape with these slides.
Just show them that the ones a little less cancel out with the ones a little more!