Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tried it Tuesday/Wednesday-Zoo Design

While I was on my unintentional blogging break, I was not allowed to work the second to last week of school, and I was put on "light duty" at school for the last week. That means that I was allowed to go in for a few hours each day, but that was it. While my body and baby needed me to be on light duty...that meant that I needed to to make sup plans for at least half a day (some days all day) for the last two weeks of school.

It isn't the easiest thing to come up with plans that will keep the kids engaged and focused. While I was picking out things for my kiddos to do I stumbled across a wonderful project that Matt from Digital: Divide and Conquer had shared with me earlier in the year, Zoo Design: Area and Perimeter.
I had already taught my students how to find area and perimeter of polygons earlier this year, so I was able to copy the pages in the packet, as well as the directions for the sub, and leave it in a folder for them to do one morning. I came in after the students had been working on this for a little while. The students were still busy working, and enjoying the activity.
Since it was the last week of school, I wasn't planning on grading this activity so I let the students work with a partner if they wanted to. It was great to see them enjoying and reviewing their skills so close to the end of the school year. I wish I had taken pictures of the project, but totally forgot! If you are looking for a fun, engaging, and differentiated project for your kiddos to do to practice area and perimeter this is just what you need!
What activities/projects do you use to end the year? Looking for some more great things that people have tried? Check out Holly's blog for Tried it Tuesday!

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  1. Matt always comes up with very thorough and creative ideas! This is just another one of his fabulous creations! Glad your kids enjoyed it. I hope you are resting!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Love it! I'm so glad it worked out for you in a pinch! The way you had the kids do it is exactly what I've wanted to try (basically give them an entire day to create, design, etc!.

    Hope your feeling better and getting the rest you need!


  3. Oh fun! I usually do a lot of fairy tale stuff like plays and my students write their own fairy tale. I'm going to go look at that lesson. Looks super cute.

  4. Bethany!! Sorry I have been so out of the blogging world! I am so glad to hear that your scare was just a scare and that you are about full term! You must be getting so anxious. I have Matt's zoo activity too and think I will be able to do it next year since I will be back to teaching math! :) Thinking of you, friend!! XXOO
    Fourth Grade Flipper