Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Area on Geoboards - Section 3: Student Practice


To provide students with an activity that promotes intrinsic motivation, I could allow math partners time to "challenge" each other by asking their partner to make a polygon that has a given area. To make this more fun, I could have students roll a pair of dice to determine the total area. Often, when students are given more control, student motivation increases.

This would provide an opportunity for me to observe the students' levels of understanding and skills. Do students understand the meaning of area? Are they counting squares or multiplying the length times the width? Are they thinking "outside of the box?" Are they willing to taking risks? Do I need to reassign math partners? 

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Area on Geoboards

Unit 14: Area & Perimeter
Lesson 2 of 19

Objective: SWBAT use geoboards to construct polygons when given a specific area.

Big Idea: Students will learn how to find the area of polygons on geoboards and will apply this understanding to construct polygons with given areas.

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