Whenever searching for good math games for practice, you come upon websites or posts that include several games, right? But it’s a crapshoot as to whether they actually work or not. Then you have to test them out yourself to see if they are relevant to your grade. As you click on the link, you’re probably also thinking, please don’t be a dead link or inactive game. Well, here are some tried-and-true area and perimeter math games that are relevant to grades 3-5. I use them to review and trigger prior knowledge before beginning our 5th grade area and perimeter unit. I don’t like games that don’t address that area must be squared, so if the game omits that important factor then it is not included here.
Perimeter Shape Game – Easy, short review that requires students to shoot shapes with a given perimeter. There are a total of 4 problems. Instructionally most appropriate for grade 3, but good, quick review for upper grades.
Interactive Shape Explorer – Excellent 5th grade review tool. Using square units, this interactive program allows students to calculate area and perimeter and check their answers. If an answer is incorrect, students can resubmit an answer. This program also includes composite shapes which is appropriate for 5th grade review. If you’d prefer composite shapes be omitted, you can check a box so only rectangular shapes are included.
Find the Area and Perimeter of Rectangles – An interactive math lesson from Math Playground. Includes 10 questions that require the student to measure the length and width and calculate the area and perimeter. Provides immediately feedback; students click “Check Answers” and find out if their answer is correct before moving on to the next problem. If you’d like students to submit paper answers to you, retry incorrect answers, or add them to math notebooks click HERE for a worksheet that I use for my students.
Perimeter and Area Tutorial and Practice – Perfect 5th grade practice and review. At the start, you choose whether to focus on area or perimeter. Tutorials are given at the start of each level. I ask students to begin at level 1 and progress through level 3. This program includes composite shapes. If you’re a 5th grade teacher and you only feel like clicking through one link, this is the one.
How to Find the Area of a Composite Figure (video embedded below) – This is a video I created to use as a flip before Singapore Math lesson 5.2a. It goes over three different methods of finding the area of a composite shape. Click here to view/print the handout that I assign along with it.
Help me out. If you notice that a game is no longer working, please notify me via comments or email. I’d like to keep this updated so it is a helpful teacher resource.