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I made shapes that my kids measure with cheese-its to find the area and perimeter. They think it is pretty fun. Use reduced fat cheese its, the real ones are too oily. I can't find the file at home, but I'll see if I have an electronic copy at school.

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jorgefuriouso 02-28-2008 03:42 PM

is a great picture book that reinforces the perimeter idea. Search online for related activities.

with-it 02-28-2008 02:26 PM

I love the perimeter rap! We make our names using large square graph
paper for each letter. Then they find the area and perimeter for each letter.

AmyH 02-24-2008 12:44 PM

Perimeter, perimeter goes round and round - add up all the sides and write your answer down (yo)
-- We added the little "yo" at the end to really make it a little rap.. The kids LOVE this - remember it - and can apply it -- after teaching it, I have never heard "what is perimeter??"
I also 2nd the cheez-its or use crackers for area... some kids will call me over and say is area counting the crackers? So they really remember these hands-on concrete experiences...

vateach 02-23-2008 04:47 PM

I made shapes that my kids measure with cheese-its to find the area and perimeter. They think it is pretty fun. Use reduced fat cheese its, the real ones are too oily. I can't find the file at home, but I'll see if I have an electronic copy at school.

shy1 02-22-2008 05:53 PM

If you have a lot of rubix cubes.....

my class loves rubix cubes, so i might let them "measure" perimeter of things with the cubes, they love making really long things...I've never tried that before, but I think i will this year, since it is my first year in 3rd and they just love those cubes...(came up with the idea today)


I also introduce area with a swimming pool analogy.....to introduce length and width....i draw a picture on the board, and we discuss swimming the length of the pool vs the width of the pool......we also discuss area by talking about the carpet covering the classroom floor......

teach_2_ms 02-22-2008 05:35 PM

That is an awesome idea!!

shantina 02-22-2008 02:54 PM

I had the kids build their dream house using graph paper. It was really cool to see what rooms they included in their plans. I even had one student include a science lab and a money room! Then they had to find the perimeter and the area of each room. If they got the perimeter and the area of the room correct then their application for moving into the math "neighborhood" was approved. I also had then design a swimming pool for homework using graph paper. They also had to find the perimeter and the area for the pool. We also included capacity with this lesson.

Zee 02-22-2008 01:07 PM

Anyone have any great activities to review perimeter and area (or even capacity) that they are willing to share?




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