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Syosset-Jericho Tribune - Schools

Math On The Playground

Third-grade students at J. Irving Baylis Elementary School, Syosset,  recently learned math lessons about area and perimeter, but they learned it through a hands-on approach on the school’s playground.

Students used square-foot carpet tiles, spray-painted along the edges, to create rectangles with varying areas while maintaining the same perimeter. The third-graders also constructed rectangles with specific areas that had different shapes. For the final assignment, the entire class was given detailed criteria and asked to create a shape with an area of 36 inches and a perimeter of 24 inches.

In addition to re-enforcing important math skills, this activity emphasized the need for teamwork and cooperation in a group setting.