Last year, I couldn’t figure out why my students were having such a hard time remembering the difference between area and perimeter. I realized I should be giving my third graders more visuals to look at in my classroom. I created some area and perimeter posters to give students something to look at while we were learning this math unit.
The Classroom Door
The first thing I did to enhance my classroom was to put this on my door! I added four pink posters that spell out the word AREA and put the word PERIMETER in blue over and over again around the door frame. This shows my students that area is the inside and perimeter is the outside.
Area and Perimeter Posters on the Walls
Secondly, on the walls, my students got to see lots of different examples of area and perimeter in use. The area and perimeter posters were there to catch their attention and engage kids. They look interesting so kids would start remembering the difference between the two.
After a few weeks, I noticed that the area and perimeter posters really WERE helping my class! I knew this because the kids would refer to them in our math talks in the morning. Also, my third graders would use them as a reference while solving area and perimeter questions. I felt like they were important staple in our room which is definite success!
You can find these posters HERE if you’re interested in them! I used these in my 3rd grade classroom and they quickly became a staple in the 4th grade hallway too!
If you like these posters, you may also like my area and perimeter units. I have a unit for Area, Perimeter, Area and Perimeter Word Problems, Area and Perimeter Missing Sides, and Rectilinear Area. You can also check out my area and perimeter classroom transformation here.