## How Do Kids Find the Perimeter of the Playground?

We took our brains outside to experience
**perimeter**.

This is an example of placing the math **content **in a real **context**.

Perimeter Scientists

We needed to measure each person's * pace*
length.

His pace length is 24 inches.
We walked from corner to corner, 15 seconds
apart. We paced all four sides of our huge playground, counting as we
walked. We counted and collected data at each corner of the
playground.

Adding the total paces around the
playground...
We used calculators to multiply our
pace lengths **times** the number we
counted.

We divided by 12 inches to find how many feet.
Our **estimates **of the
playground using our paces gave us a **high** of 1008 and a
**low** of 699
feet.
Most numbers were from 758 to 830 feet.
Next we decided to measure the actual distance using a 100 foot tape
measure.

**Click the
photo to see Jeff in action..**.

We **compared** our pace estimate of the perimeter, with the

actual measurement of the perimeter.
And the actual length was 917 feet.