Reflection: Real World Applications Area and Perimeter in Real Life Day 1 - Section 1: Reading of Book Spaghetti and Meatballs for Everyone


I have been using more and more literature in my math lessons, now that I am using the Common Core standards. The focus of my lessons has been shifting to develop depth of understanding. No more am I simply teaching algorithms or procedures.  

I find that the use of children's literature helps me place my students into a "real world" (for them) context for math and problem solving.  Spaghetti and Meatballs for All is an excellent example of an every day situation.  All of the students recalled a time and place when their families rearranged tables in order to gain more seating or to combine groups.  Now, they will be able to approach this real situation knowing they are modifying area models and perimeter configurations!  

The use of literature gives us all one common schema to discuss as we work through a concept.  It is also so engaging that it pulls students into "using math" without fear. For them, they are simply interacting with an engaging story and helping the characters out.

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Area and Perimeter in Real Life Day 1

Unit 3: Using Multiplication to Find Area
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to build models wherein area remains the same, while changing perimeters.

Big Idea: Students need time to connect area and perimeter. This two day exploration sets the stage for our short unit.

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Math, perimeter (Determining Measurements), Number Sense and Operations, multiplication, area of rectangle, arrays, Literacy in Math
  50 minutes
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