Area and Perimeter Scavenger Hunt

Area and Perimeter Scavenger Hunt - TeamTom Education

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Area and Perimeter Scavenger Hunt

These 16 task cards are designed to be posted around the room, outside, or in the hallways. The area and perimeter task cards link to each other based on student answers. Students use their answers to “hunt” for the next area and perimeter task card! So fun and engaging.

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Increase Engagement

How do you engage students without losing rigor?

Is that possible…

…of course it is, and you have it happen all the time in your class.

The task card scavenger hunt creates the right amount of physical movement for students to really enjoy the task.

It’s not just about a fun activity. It is rigorous and well-aligned to the TEKS and CCSS standards.

Preview the Area and Perimeter Scavenger Hunt at Teachers Pay Teachers.

How does it work?

  1. Place the cards in order around the room.
  2. Assign a task card number as a starting point for each student.
  3. The student will work the area and perimeter problem on their assigned card and record their answer in the box that matches their card number.
  4. Once they have the answer, they will move around the room looking at the bottom of each card until they find their answer.
  5. The student will then work the area and perimeter problem on the new task card.
  6. Each student will continue in this rotation until they have answered all 16 problems.

What’s included in the Scavenger Hunt?

Area and Perimeter Scavenger Hunt Includes:

16 Task Cards focused on the application of area and perimeter skills. Students will find surface area, missing length, and perimeter of two-dimensional polygons. There are 9 Perimeter Problems and 7 Area Problems. The scavenger hunt also includes:

  • Student answer pages
  • Detailed directions
  • Answer Key

Area and Perimeter Scavenger Hunt

Area and Perimeter Standards

Area and Perimeter Scavenger Hunt aligns with TEKS and CCSS Standards:

TEKS 5.4H : represent and solve problems related to perimeter and/or area and related to volume.

CCSS: 4.M.D.A3: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.

CCSS: 7.G.B.6: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.

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I guess these standards could be taught in different non-engaging ways

  1. teacher works problems at the board and students copy the work in notebooks
  2. open a textbook and work 20 area and perimeter problems
  3. do 20 area and perimeter problems for homework…or not
  4. work 20 area and perimeter problems on a worksheet

…or you could use an active learning approach that engages students’ minds and bodies! That’s what this scavenger hunt is designed to do. Here’s how…

  1. physical movement
  2. segmented assignment
  3. spirals area and perimeter skills together
  4. application problem-solving
  5. no multiple guessing!

Why Sit and Work?

When you can get the same learning by walking around, interacting with peers, and having fun!


What a great activity for practice or review!

Kimberley B.

Feb. 7, 2017


This was a great way to practice the skill and get the kids up and moving at the same time.

Megan B. 

Dec. 4, 2017

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This Area and Perimeter game is perfect 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade geometry and measurement practice!

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