Fencing Spaces: Fixed Perimeter, Changing Area


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Title Fencing Spaces: Fixed Perimeter, Changing Area
Description In this Problem, the perimeter is kept fixed, and students look at how the area can vary. A goal of this Problem is to determine the largest possible area for a rectangle having a fixed perimeter and whole-number dimensions. Students continue to develop understanding of area as covering and perimeter as surrounding. They also practice using formulas for finding perimeter and area of rectangles. Students will again graph their findings in order to visualize the relationship between varying lengths and areas of rectangles with fixed perimeters.
Subject Mathematics
Level K-5, Middle School
Type Guided Activity
Duration 90 minutes
Answers Included Yes
Language English
Keywords Area, Dimensions, Fixed, Perimeter
Simulation(s) Area Builder (HTML5)


Author(s) Krystle Hapner
Contact Email krystle.hapner@bvsd.org
School / Organization Casey Middle School
Date submitted 6/6/18
Date updated 6/6/18