A Five Day Approach to Using Technology and Manipulatives to Explore Area and Perimeter

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Young mathematicians build an understanding of area and perimeter with their own two hands in a series of interactive geometry lessons. Through the use of different math manipulatives, children investigate the properties of rectangles, triangles, and other irregular shapes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this unit to introduce young mathematicians to the concepts of area and perimeter
  • Allow time for students to find the area and perimeter of shapes that they create on their own using the different math manipulatives
Classroom Considerations

  • Lessons require the use of geoboards, petominoes, and the computer program Geometer's Sketchpad
  • Lessons in this series can be adapted for use across the upper-elementary and middle school grade levels
Pros

  • Hands-on manipulatives and computer programs are used to engage students in learning about area and perimeter
  • Real world situations are used to during each lesson to demonstrate the concepts of area and perimeter
  • Lesson series progressively builds students' understanding of geometry
Cons

  • None