This week (and a little of last week) have been spent on Area, Perimeter and Volume.
The first lesson we did is based on a little story I wrote that involves two penguins. One penguin is making a nest for his wife. He has specific guidelines he must follow in order to make the perfect nest. He keeps messing up the specific guidelines so the story encourages the students to make the perfect nest. The kids loved the little story and they worked together with their shoulder partner to figure out the dimensions of the perfect nest.
After the story, students were given a set of “nest” task cards and graph paper. Students worked in pairs to figure out how to make each nest according to the specific areas and perimeters given. I love how they have to work backwards to figure out the sides of the nests.