How Totally Square Part II

Published on 06/09/2008

#### Activity Overview

Students understand the concept of perimeter of a square, and discover its formula.

#### Before the Activity

#### During the Activity

Distribute the pages to the class.

Follow the Activity procedures:

- Use square colored tiles to create squares
- Record in the Activity sheet the number of people that can be seated around the tables
- Calculate the perimeter of the square
- Observe that the perimeter of a square is the number of people that can be seated around it
- Notice that the perimeter of a square table is 4 times the length of the square
- Write the pattern as a formula
*y*=*x** 4, where*y*represents the number of people, and*x*denotes the length of the side - Use the calculator to create a table of side length and perimeter values
- Calculate the different square table arrangements possible to seat a given number of people

#### After the Activity

Students complete the Student Activity sheet.

Review student results:

- As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
- Re-teach concepts as necessary