Practice solving real-life perimeter word problems with this worksheet.
Perimeter Word Problems
How is perimeter used in our everyday lives? When we install fencing, line a pool with chairs, or put up Christmas lights, perimeter is a math 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 math class.
With this worksheet, students will have the opportunity to practice solving 8 standard perimeter problems. Questions may include those such as:
A picture measures 16 inches by 20 inches. What is the perimeter of the picture?
Camden is roping off an area in his backyard to play soccer. The field needs to be 50 feet by 35 feet. How much rope does he need?
An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy!
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:
- Guided math groups
- Lesson wrap-up
- Fast finishers
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
For students who need a bit of a challenge, consider assigning one of the additional versions of this resource:
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.
Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.
To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.
Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase 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.
This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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