This product has 3 pages of fun math activities! Students use cheese crackers to measure squares and rectangles.
First, they estimate the number of crackers needed to fill a square or rectangle. Then, they measure each square/rectangle using cheese crackers. They begin with small shapes and build to larger ones. I recently updated this product to include a page for students to create their own shape(s) and measure the area and perimeter.
Every time that I teach this lesson, 100% of students are engaged and have a better understanding of area and perimeter when they finish. And of course they love to eat the manipulatives!
Area and perimeter are hard concepts for students to keep straight. They understand both, but have a hard time remembering which is which. This activity lets students practice measuring perimeter and area with food. For this activity, students will use cheese crackers (Cheese Its, Cheese Nips, store brand, etc.) to find the perimeter and area for six different shapes. This activity makes it easy to quickly assess who understands these two concepts.
Each child will need 12 cheese crackers to do this activity (maybe a few more if you choose to let them build and measure their own shapes).