Lesson 10

Problem Solving With Perimeter and Area

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to solve problems that involve both perimeter and area of rectangles in order to reinforce the difference between perimeter and area.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students learned what area is and how to find the area of rectangles and figures made up of rectangles. They also learned how to measure the perimeter of other shapes, solve problems that involved perimeter, and recognize situations in which perimeter is and is not relevant. By the end of this lesson, students confirm that while perimeter and area are both measurements that can appear together in problems, perimeter is a linear measurement while area is two-dimensional.

  • Representation
  • MLR1

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Solve problems that involve perimeter and area of rectangles.

Student Facing

  • Let’s solve problems involving perimeter and area.

Required Materials

Materials to Copy

  • Info Gap: A Garden and a Playground

Required Preparation

Activity 2:

  • Each group of 2 will need a copy of the 2 data and problem card sets. Keep set 1 separate from set 2.

CCSS Standards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What was the best question you asked students today? Why would you consider it the best one based on what students said or did?

Suggested Centers

  • Can You Draw It? (1–5), Stage 3: Grade 3 Shapes (Addressing)
  • Which One? (K–5), Stage 4: Grade 3 Shapes (Addressing)
  • How Are They the Same? (1–5), Stage 3: Grade 3 Shapes (Addressing)

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