Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 35 - 45 mins

Topic: Finding Area and Perimeter; Measurement & Data

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, students will write and solve word problems for the perimeter or area of a rectangle.

Know Before You Start: This lesson would be a fun project to include at the end of a unit on area and perimeter.

Hook:

  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
  • As a class or in pairs, have students help Simon find the perimeter and area of his new yard. 
  • Review how to solve the difference between area and perimeter.
  • Simon had to find the perimeter of his yard in order to buy enough fencing. Discuss other real-life situations where area and perimeter of rectangles are used, e.g., carpeting a room, fencing a yard, building a garden, etc.

Activity:

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-to-four-panel comic word problem that involves area or perimeter.
    • Panel 1: State the word problem.
    • Panels 2-3: Explain how to solve for perimeter or area.
    • Panel 4: Share the answer.

Closure: Have students solve a partner’s word problem to help ensure that their partner is correct.

Differentiation:

  • Print out the sample comic for student reference.
  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.