Students often get these two concepts confused and end up naming the value of one the value of the other. Perimeter is the easier concept of the two with regards to geometric shapes. Perimeter of any shape is just the complete length of the sides of the shape. You simply add up all the sides. Area is on the other hand is the amount of space a shape inhabits. A good example of this would be a soccer field that is surrounded by fencing of some sort. The perimeter would be the length of the fence that encompasses the grass field, all the way around. The area would be a measure of the grass field that is found within the fence. In just about every form of building and construction understanding how to calculate these two measures is a critical task, to put it mildly. Your students will learn to turn word problems involving area and perimeter into diagrams in order to visualize them and equations in order to solve them. They will learn how to divide irregular shapes into multiple regular and familiar shapes to make the problems easier to understand and to solve. Shapes include both quadrilaterals and circles.
This set of worksheets contains step-by-step solutions to sample problems, both simple and more complex problems, as well as worksheets for students to practice their skills. When finished with this set of worksheets, students will be able to solve basic word problems requiring them to find the area and/or perimeter of a shape. These worksheets explain how to solve word problems involving area and perimeter. Sample problems are solved and practice problems are provided. Some problems may require students to create their own diagrams in order to visualize the problem, so additional blank paper may be required.