Perimeter and Area Problems--Cooperation Time!

Today I wanted to see how well my students were internalizing our perimeter and area explorations, so I gave them a cooperative task to complete.  The timing was perfect as I was missing 5 students for early spring break starters--so it seemed like a great plan for a Friday before break!

Area and Perimeter Problem Solving

Here's the task...students were in teams of 5 or 6 and had to use the grid paper to find a shape with an area of exactly 24 square units--and with EACH team member having a different perimeter.

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

Huddle time!  They got to work immediately!

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

They drew...and counted...and erased...and drew...and checked...they had to use a LOT of mathematical language when communicating with each other and while explaining their ideas.  Sorry for the terrible photos!

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

Using Manipulatives to Model Area and Perimeter

One team decided to get tiles to model before they drew...they each grabbed 24 and made sure they had different shapes.  Pretty efficient, wouldn't you say?

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

Some students needed some coaching on how to "track" their perimeters when they made more complex designs.

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

Once all members of a team agreed that they had met the challenge--time to color, cut, and fill out a name plate.  On their name plate, there was a place for the mathematician's name, the area, and the perimeter.  We checked to make sure they were correct and that they used the proper labels.

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

Ta da!  They LOVED the project--and it was 30 minutes start to finish!  It was a great way to apply the strategies and concepts we have worked on over the last few days.  

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

UPDATE:  I've had SO many requests for perimeter and area activities, so I have put five of my favorites together here in this resource...as well as my area and perimeter task cards which are a great tool for both math workshop or review and intervention. I hope you enjoy them!

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

Cooperative work in math is so important as it gets students using accountable math talk, problem solving, and more.  This post shows a great cooperative math task to work on area and perimeter concepts.  Common Core area and perimeter, grade 3 Common Core, grade 4 Common Core

Interested in another blog post about area and perimeter?  CLICK HERE to read one!
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3 comments

  1. Love these posts. I'm teaching area and perimeter now too.

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  2. did you use a rubric for this?

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  3. I thoroughly love this project. Three follow-up questions: 1) How many students could you have in your team (before this puzzle became impossible)...
    2) Everyone draw a shape with perimeter 24 - everyone with a different area. 3) Everyone draw a shape with perimeter 21 - everyone with a different area. (This is impossible - give this task with a straight face.)

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