Practical Activities on Perimeter, Area & Volume

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There are a variety of different ways that you can teach perimeter, area and volume using tools found in your classroom. Learn about practical activities on perimeter, area and volume with help from an experienced educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Marija, I'm a mathematician and today I'm going to use some practical activities on area, volume and perimeter. So perimeter is the easiest one because you can always find the perimeter of your classroom, of your desk, of your book, anything you want. Area is the one that I like a little bit better. I did a project with my kids where you can say that there is a rectangular piece of land and you want to we're going to make a park out of it. So let's say that we're going to put some things in the park like a picnic area that's going to be cemented and there will be a circular playground over here, and you can add as many things as you want. And a good question would be to ask them if you wanted to put grass in all of the parts that are not covered by cement or playground activities, how much grass would you need. So they are going to need to find the area of the rectangle minus the area of the smaller rectangle, also minus the area of the circle. So this is a good activity just because it's going to make them find the area of a rectangle, of a circle, and then understand the concept of subtracting it to get the area of the shaded part which often appears as a question on a standardized test. Areas of shaded parts. So that's a nice way to do area as well as perimeter and volume is always fun because you can get different shapes, different cylinders that are tall and skinny, that are wider but shorter, and have the kids guess which one is going to fit the most amount of fluid and then once they've made their hypothesis you can go ahead and use volume formulas so figure out which cylinder does indeed hold the most and have that conversation about how radius has the biggest impact on the volume. So those are some real life practical activities on area, volume and perimeter.

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