# Calculate Area with Shapes

Whenever I took out manipulatives to use while teaching math, students undoubtedly used them as a creative outlet and building tool. Why not ask learners to build first, then ask some powerful wonder and notice questions afterwards?

Really thinking about how learning through play never grows old.

THE LESSON RECAP:

Ask students to build a robot with the shapes allowed to them- it can be as simple or complex as they would like.

Scaffold building a landscape, a personal logo, and a 'free choice' creation.

Once the build and creations are complete, use the Robot build to ask questions about how many centimetres it would take to walk around your Robot. How do you know? Can you support your answer? Discuss with the students the variance in perimeter and why they have differences. Ask for some predictions about the calculation of Area.

A QUICK TIP

• Group/Break apart- you can group and break apart shapes you’re using to move creations around easily and duplicate shapes

There are so many ways to tweak this lesson to make it cross-curricular. Your build can also support any themes or subjects you are studying in other areas. As a challenge, limit the target area or perimeter desired. As a class, build a community with specific parameters included. Have your learners decide what they would like to collaborate on creating as a community of creators.

Learn how, and explore more Everyone Can Create Projects >

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August 13, 2023

Really love the focus on the inquiry process here -- what a fun and playful way to get students thinking critically about math concepts!

August 13, 2023

TamiB, Thank you for sharing. What fun use of grouping/ungrouping shapes. I wonder, would using screenshots of buildings from Maps and then overlaying shapes on the screenshot add any additional value?

December 02, 2023

Great idea. And it could also be done in Numbers to be able to add a table to calculate in the same file and leave traces of their learning.

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