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Identifies area and perimeter

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Designing Flower Boxes

| Download Math Vitamin :   PDF   Notebook I stayed up all night making my web in the Discovery Area. Do you like it? It is a lovely home, but really just a temporary one. I hear you are planning a garden in a quiet nook of your playground! It sounds like a wonderful place to make my permanent home!

While building my web, I overheard Nikki and Omar discussing the placement of the flower boxes for the garden. I didn't hear all the details, but I know that the boxes are going to be rectangular. I am curious to learn how much space they will cover and what they could look like. Maybe you have some ideas?

Finding the Perimeter of Garden Boxes

| Download Math Vitamin :   PDF   Notebook Ms. Spider loved all of your garden bed designs! She walked around and around and around the perimeter of each design.

Nikki and Omar are trying to decide how much wood we will need to build our raised garden beds. Look back at your previous Math Vitamin to determine the perimeter of (or distance around) each raised bed.

Which of your designs would require the most wood? Which would need the least?

Finding Dimensions of Boxes

| Download Math Vitamin :   PDF   Notebook Greetings landscape architects! I found a blueprint of a garden design near my web and I wonder if it is one that Nikki is considering for our new garden? It may not be sufficiently useful to her, however, since it appears to be missing some important information. Could you offer your expertise and figure out the missing information?

It might help Nikki to label:
the area the boxes will cover in the garden
the dimensions of the rectangular footprint of the boxes
the perimeter to help determine the amount of wood needed to go around the flower boxes

Recreate & Measure Garden Boxes

| Download Math Vitamin :   PDF   Notebook The results are in! Nikki and Omar have compiled all of your flower box ideas and here is the final design.

Use geoboards to recreate the layout of our new garden. Use the terms we have been learning about (length, width, area, perimeter) to describe your design.

Finding Area/Perimeter Card Game

| Download Math Vitamin :   PDF   Notebook Are you ready to play a card game?

1. Find a partner.
2. Deal out the cards equally.
3. There are two possible games you can play: Biggest Area or Biggest Perimeter
Decide which measurement you will be using for your game.
4. Each of you turns over the top card in your deck.
5. The person who has the biggest measurement wins both cards.
If you have a tie, those two cards will go to the player who wins the next round.
6. Continue until you play through your original hand and then count the cards you won and see who has the most cards.

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