& Area Skate and Stomp!
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: September 15, 2001
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!