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Table for 22: A Real-World Geometry Project

In this 13-minute video Teacher Suney Park's students apply their knowledge of area and perimeter of rectangles in the context of a dinner table. The resource includes a transcript of the video, extension activities, and reflection questions for teachers.
Contributed by: Teaching Channel, Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Teaching Measurement in Grades 3-5This collection of resources is intended to help educators develop measurement skills and understanding in mathematical and real-world contexts. The resources assist in teaching selection of unit, comparing sizes, estimating, calculating elapsed time, and measuring length, angle, area, and volume. Resource types include videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades K-2.
CCSS Practice Standard 4This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 4 into their classroom routines. In these articles, videos, and lesson studies, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to use concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations to describe mathematical situations in everyday life. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
CCSS Practice Standard 2This collection aims to shed light on Practice Standard 2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively, and offers instructional strategies for helping students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. These resources provide meaningful ways to support children as they learn to represent problem contexts with numbers and symbols, and then re-interpret the numbers and symbols in terms of the original problem. A companion Classroom Collection includes resources to help teachers develop this practice with their students.
Math TopicGeometry, Measurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Instructional Strategy, Lesson Plans, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorTeaching Channel, Publisher
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2012 Teaching Channel
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      Modeling Perimeter and Area
      By Mrs. V on 12/11/2012 - 16:36
    • Outstanding pd video that demonstrates beginning with the content standard and using a practice standard to reach the objective. By modeling and creating the Thanksgiving banquet, students were able to see themselves determining the perimeter and the space inside as the area for the food. Watching the students rearrange themselves to show the largest and then the smallest table was fun to watch. Great student discussion and summary.
    • 5
      Great activity by a Great teacher
      By bethb on 01/24/2013 - 11:39
    • This activity is great to help students distinguish between perimeter and area. I love how engaged the students are in this activity. The teacher is the video is fantastic too, she shows great classroom culture! Definitely one to watch with your math department and discuss the great things that you see!
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