Falling to Pieces over Area and Perimeter

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Greetings everyone, I have a fun lesson for all you Math teachers and users of the Math Learning Center Bridges Apps. Above you see the model of a robot that was created by a student that teachers students about area and perimeter. This fun activity, your students will create a robot with arms, legs, a body and a head that have specified area or perimeter. It is a fun way to enrich and practice area and perimeter! It could even be used as an assessment. I found the original idea here on Teachers Pay Teachers. However, my Tech Pirate self of course came up with a great way to Tech Smash this into a fun lesson using the Math Learning Center Bridges Apps and Explain Everything.

1. Find the student who is the tallest in the class and have them lie down on a large piece of paper and outline their body. Next the teacher will create the robot model as shown above.

2. Next have students lay down on the created robot body and have them see how many squares would take to create their robots. Some will learn they could be shorter but have longer legs or arms. They write down their numbers.

3. Next using either Number Pieces Basics, Number Pieces or Number Frames. Have them create their robot selves digitally on their devices. What of the main reasons why I love the Bridges Math Apps is why they are IOS they work on another mother device thanks to their web application ecosystem.

4. After all students have finished their robot selves have them take a snap shot of their finished robot and make sure they label how many squares each part of their body makes on another program. Pic Collage works the best on IOS. Google Docs on GAFE.

5. Finally have students put their robot selves in Explain Everything if you use mobile and if you are Chromebook use Google Draw. Now, ask students questions on how many squares up another students arm or leg or hair. They then show their problem solving skills on Explain Everything and Google Draw and can record and down load them to their device or Google Drive. They can then share or upload to Google Classroom or related online classroom tool.

There are many activities you can do with this lesson and its great as a S.T.E.A.M lesson as well. This activity is perfect for the end of your area and perimeter unit or as a review. This also aligns to the Common Core Standards or PARCC and works in your 1:1 or 2:1 classroom. Give it a try today.

Original design and lesson creation by the Not So Wimpy Teacher.


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