Connecting Formulas to Area, Perimeter, and Volume

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

This will be short tonight, because I’ve got chili to make for the big chili cook-off tomorrow!  In Texas, our 5th graders are just a few short weeks away from their end-of-the-year assessment (don’t get me started…), so we’re identifying those skills that we’ve already taught, but the kids still struggle with.  One of those skills is using the formulas to find area, perimeter, and volume.  More and more, our state assessment is asking kids to find area and perimeter of individual faces on 3-dimensional figures.  This workstation is designed to give students practice for that type of question.  The link to grab yours is below the pictures.


Click here to grab your free copy!  Enjoy!


  1. Courtney Petzold

    This is great! My students definitely need practice with finding the perimeter/area of just one fact of a rectangular prism. Thanks for the freebie 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      Right, Courtney, it really throws them off! 🙂

  2. PS

    I so appreciate these! Thank you! Fun idea, definitely where they need practice, and, like Courtney said, I love that they’re finding the area/perimeter of a face on a prism. I’m thinking I’ll make two sets of cards: one original for the first round of practice, and one set that has all dimensions labeled so they’ll have to determine which measurements they’ll need.

  3. Jacqueline Bennett

    Great idea especially for those students who don’t find this topic fun. Have used this a lot.



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