Yesterday, we began our unit on Area and Perimeter. I always put somewhat easy examples in foldables so that students can have the basic understanding of how to solve a problem. In this foldable, the problems are relatively easy because I wanted to use this with my basic special education students as well. (I also think that the colored papers that I chose are on point! :))

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We completed the Rectangles and Squares flap today in class. I actually had the students solve for all missing sides of the rectangles independently because they have seen special right triangles throughout the semester. More than half of my students figured out the area and perimeter by themselves before I even started the notes. The most common mistakes were on questions 1 and 3 when students had to find the perimeter. Some students wanted to say perimeter = 8√3 instead of (4 + 4√3).

After finding the area and perimeter of rectangles, we moved on to squares. Squares went by so fast because we practiced many times with squares in our special right triangles unit. Some kids were done within 5 minutes of me telling them to try to complete examples 1-4.

After the notes, I had students complete the following

**Area & Perimeter Partner Activity.**I have students work with a partner and they had to both choose a separate column to complete. I really like partner activities because it eliminates cheating in my classroom because students can check their work with the partner to make sure they both got the same answer. If they don't get the same answer, they start to collaborate to check each others work. It also amazes them that two completely different problems could result in a common answer! :)
You can find the foldable here (if you need the directions, let me know): CLICK HERE

You can find the partner activity here: CLICK HERE