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MATH
Perimeter & Area Skate and Stomp!

Submitted by: I Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
From: SLC, Utah
Date Submitted: September 15, 2001

I found that if I as the teacher got up and acted a little silly, my kids would follow suit! I did just that when trying to get my students to remember the difference between perimeter and area. We play a "follow-the-leader" type activity where we chant "add perimeter...add perimeter...add perimeter" and so on. While we chanted this, we stomped our feet and walked around the outer edge of our classroom. I would then quickly change to "multiply area...multiply area...multiply area," but this time we pretended we were "ice-skaters" and slid across the middle of the classroom as we continued to chant. We would quickly switch back and forth between chants, skating and stomping. It was quite "silly" but the kids never forgot the difference between the terms!

     
 

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