Sunday, December 8, 2013

Math Mentor Text: Perimeter, Area, and Volume

One of the things I'm working on this year is incorporating more math literature/mentor texts into my math block-I have a great one to share on the Must Read Mentor Text Linky with my cute friends Collaboration Cuties!
This book is a great introduction for perimeter, area, and volume concepts with monster characters. These monsters take a journey to the movies and explore all these concepts along the way. The illustrations are bright and colorful, making this book more appealing for students. I think this book would be a great hook for a math lesson.

I'm going to show you two ways I use graph paper in my classroom:
You know how I feel about Post-Its right? They are the perfect size for graph paper! Students can calculate perimeter and area with this activity. Have an assortment of sticky notes (size and colors) for students to select a given number to place on their graph paper. They can record their calculations right on the graph paper. It's the perfect visual for them to see the difference between perimeter and area. If your students aren't ready to multiply big numbers yet, they could determine the area by tracing the sticky note and then lifting it to count the squares.
I blogged about this activity last year, but it's a little more advanced because they have to calculate 1/2 shaded squares as well. I had my students trace their foot on graph paper, shade in the whole squares one color, and the half squares with another to make is easier to calculate. I assigned this for homework, so they had the whole week to finish.
I can't wait to share this new book with my students! My buddy Jennifer hosts a fun linky to look ahead at the week. Check out what everyone's doing at the Peek at my Week linky party!
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  1. Hi! I found your blog through Jennifer's link-up. I love the perimeter, area volume book and your corresponding activities.

  2. and your Post-Its! Will your creativity ever end???

    This book looks amazing! I am a firm believer in using mentor texts whenever possible and using them in math just makes it more fun.

    Have a great week & thanks for linking up!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. Yet another fabulous way to use post-its!! :) :) Love it!

  4. This looks like a great book! I will have to remember it when I get to this topic in the spring. Thank you for sharing!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  5. Ah! I forgot about this book and I haven't bought it yet! Another trip to Amazon I go! And, I love how you love post its and find so many uses for them! This is a great idea!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!!! Have a great week friend!

  6. That book looks awesome! We start area, perimeter, and volume after Christmas! I'm going to have to get it to share with my kids! Thanks for such a great idea!

    Keep Calm and Hoot On

  7. I love this book and my students do too! I do a similar graphing activity. I have the student put the area answers inside the shape and the perimeter answers on the outside to help reinforce that perimeter is the distance around and area in the space inside. I love the idea of using post-its. Definitely will be using those next time.

    Quinnessential Lessons

  8. I love both of these ideas! I'm going to pin them for when we get to perimeter and area later in the year!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  9. We are doing area and perimeter now and I will definitely use these! Thanks so much for all your hard work. :)

  10. I haven't heard of this book and I have a gigantic collection of math literature. Thanks for sharing!

    The Math Maniac


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