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Perimeter Word Problems – Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Years: 5

Practise solving real-life perimeter word problems with this worksheet.

Perimeter Word Problems

How is perimeter used in our everyday lives? When we install fencing, hang wallpaper, or put up Christmas lights, perimeter is a maths concept that is used all the time! If your students have learned the basics of perimeter, then this worksheet will make a great supplement to use in your maths class.  

With this worksheet, students will have the opportunity to practise solving 8 standard perimeter problems. Questions may include those such as: 

Dalton is wanting to make a frame for a picture. The picture measures 40 centimetres by 50 centimetres. How many centimetres of wood will Dalton need to buy?

The cross country team is running the perimeter of the football field for practice. The length of the field is 20 metres and the width of the field is 10 metres. How many metres will they run each lap?

An answer key is included with your download to make marking fast and easy!  

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

For students who need a bit of a challenge, consider assigning one of the additional versions of this resource:

Unknown Side Perimeter Word Problems

Perimeter Word Problems – Mixed Problem Types

Same Perimeter, Different Area Word Problems 

If there are students who need support, consider completing this worksheet in a 1-on-1 setting or in a small group setting. Additionally, work with students to draw a picture to solve each problem. 

🖨️ Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on thick card and slipping it into a write and wipe sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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