Use Cheez Its to teach area. It's good for helping them see it's the "inside" of the rectangles and not the perimeter. Here's a blog where I got the idea the first time I did it: http://dayintheclassroom.edublogs.or...-for-geometry/

We have tile floors, so I also showed mine how to count the tiles on the inside for area, and how to count the sides for perimeter.

I'm sure there's more I've done, but that's off the top of my head.

I found this amazing activity on TpT for tiling using toilet paper squares. Thank you to whoever created it. If you Google The Tulip Teacher on TpT she has an area and perimeter pack that has great, interactive activities, including the TP activity.

There are cut and paste sort activities, create a dream house (my kids loved it), and word problem activities.

but as a review I said things like, "Please sit on the perimeter of the rug for story time." or I might ash them to go the the perimeter of the room for a game. Our PE, Music and art teacher used this math vocabulary word in the same way to make sure the students owned the word.

as a review I said things like, "Please sit on the perimeter of the rug for story time." or I might ash them to go the the perimeter of the room for a game. Our PE, Music and art teacher used this math vocabulary word in the same way to make sure the students owned the word.

That is such a good idea!!!

I do the floor tiles like SusanTeach said. (I even remember taping off shapes for my son in our kitchen when he was little.)

If food activities aren't banned, candy bars marked in squares are fun to practice on too!

For paper activities, I like coloring in the shape for area and tracing around it for perimeter, or "tracing" the shapes with yarn and then comparing the lengths.

I swear this works! Give kids yarn to make a square or rectangle. Buy several small toy dogs. The dog lifts his leg & pees all the way around the outside of the fence, hence it's "pee"rimeter!

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I swear this works! Give kids yarn to make a square or rectangle. Buy several small toy dogs. The dog lifts his leg & pees all the way around the outside of the fence, hence it's "pee"rimeter!

Another TPT suggestion...I bought a Minecraft Perimeter unit last year and my class loved it! I don't recall it being expensive either. They have to create a MC house and measure the perimeter of each room. My class LOVED it!

Be sure your students are writing their spelling words in manuscript for this activity.

Letters such as a, c, e, etc. are written in the middle box.

Letters such as b, d, t, etc. are written in the middle and top boxes.

Letters such as y, g, j, etc. are written in the middle and bottom boxes.

Example: spelling word is girl
Area: 6 square units
Perimeter: 14 units

I usually have students do this activity with a partner. Partner one chooses a word. Both partners write the word in the boxes and check each other's work to make sure the letters are written in the correct boxes. Both partners find the answer independently. Partner one shares the answers with partner 2 to be sure they eat got the same answer. If they do, partner 2 chooses a word, and the procedure begins again. If not, they work together to figure out who has the correct answer.