Lesson 16
Compare Perimeters of Rectangles
Warmup: Number Talk: Two and Four Times a Fraction (10 minutes)
Narrative
This Number Talk elicits the strategies and understandings students have for multiplying a whole number and a fraction mentally. The reasoning here prepares students to perform multiplication to solve problems about the perimeter of rectangles with fractional side lengths later in the lesson.
Launch
 Display one expression.
 “Give me a signal when you have an answer and can explain how you got it.”
 1 minute: quiet think time
Activity
 Record answers and strategy.
 Keep expressions and work displayed.
 Repeat with each expression.
Student Facing
Find the value of each expression mentally.
 \(2 \times \frac{3}{2}\)
 \(4 \times \frac{3}{4}\)
 \(4 \times \frac{9}{4}\)
 \(\left(2 \times \frac{3}{4}\right) + \left(2 \times\frac{9}{4}\right)\)
Student Response
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Activity Synthesis
 “How do the first three expressions help you find the value of the last expression?”
Activity 1: Pipecleaner Perimeters (10 minutes)
Narrative
In this activity, students consider possible side lengths for a rectangle with a perimeter of 12 inches and visualize each rectangle. Students may notice many patterns as they find different rectangles (MP7) including
 the sum of the length and width is 6 inches
 the length and width can be exchanged to give a length and width pair
 when the length is a fraction so is the width and vice versa
Advances: Listening, Reading, Representing
Supports accessibility for: Conceptual Processing, VisualSpatial Processing
Required Materials
Materials to Gather
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Display a 12inch pipe cleaner.
 “This pipe cleaner is 12 inches long. If we use the entire length to form a rectangle, what might be one possible pair of length and width?” (Sample responses: 4 inches and 2 inches)
 “Think of some other pairs of length and width and record them in the table.”
 “Each pair should be unique. If you have listed 4 inches and 2 inches as a pair, do not list 2 inches and 4 inches as another pair.”
Activity
 5 minutes: partner work time
Student Facing
How many different rectangles can be made using the entire length of one 12inch pipe cleaner?
 Record as many pairs of side lengths as you can think of. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
length (inches) width (inches)  Which pair represent the side lengths of a square?
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
Students may list only wholenumber side lengths. consider asking: “Have you tried using a fraction as a side length?”
Activity Synthesis
 Invite students to share a set of side lengths.
 Record responses. This table will be used in the next activity.
 If students do not offer fractional side lengths as an option consider asking students to consider a pair of side lengths that includes fractions.
Activity 2: Perimeter Predictions (15 minutes)
Narrative
In this activity, students build rectangles with a perimeter of 12 inches and varied side lengths. Then, they reason about the side lengths of rectangles whose perimeters are multiples of 12.
Required Materials
Materials to Gather
Required Preparation
 Each group of 2 needs a 12inch pipe cleaner, an inch ruler, and tape.
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Assign one pair of side lengths from the table created in the previous lesson for each group to build.
Activity
 “After you have built your rectangle, find its perimeter. You may remember that the perimeter is the total distance all the way around a shape.”
 2 minutes: partner work time
 When the rectangles are built, ask: “What is the perimeter of your rectangle?” (12 inches) “How do you know?” (The length of the pipe cleaner is 12 inches and we used the entire length.)
 Display two pipe cleaners that are joined without overlaps. “What is the combined length of these pipe cleaners?” (24 inches) “How do you know?” (It’s 2 times 12 inches.)
 “Work with your partner to complete the rest of the activity.”
 5–7 minutes: partner work time
Student Facing

Your teacher will assign a pair of side lengths to you. Use a pipe cleaner to build a rectangle with those side lengths.
What is the perimeter of your rectangle?

Two 12inch pipe cleaners are joined (with no overlaps) to make a longer stick and then used to build a square.
 What is the side length of this square? What is its perimeter?
 How do the side length and perimeter of this square compare to those of the first square?

Several pipe cleaners are joined (with no overlaps) to build a square with a perimeter of 60 inches.
 How many pipe cleaners are used? Explain or show how you know.
 What is the side length of the square?
 How do the side length and perimeter compare to those of the first square?
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
Students may confuse the idea of perimeter with that of area. For instance, when asked to find possible side lengths for squares with perimeters 24 inches and 60 inches, they may think that they are to find numbers that multiply to 24 and 60 inches, respectively. Urge them to visualize a 24inch long or 60inch long pipe cleaner being bent to form a square. “How long would each side be?”
Activity Synthesis
 Invite students to share their responses to the last two problems and their reasoning.
 “How did you know that 5 pipe cleaners were used in the last problem?” (60 is 5 times 12.)
 “How did you know that the side length of the last square is 15 inches?” (The perimeter of a square is 4 times its side length. \(4 \times 15 = 60\))
 Consider displaying a table as shown here to highlight the relationships between the number of pipe cleaners used, the perimeter of the square, and the side length of the square.
number of pipe cleaners perimeter (inches) side length of square (inches) 1 12 3 2 24 6 5 60 15
Activity 3: Gridded Rectangles (10 minutes)
Narrative
In this activity, students continue to think about the relationship between side lengths and perimeter by drawing (on grid paper) rectangles when given the perimeter, one or both side lengths, or the relationship between two rectangles. They apply what they learned in an earlier unit about comparing quantities multiplicatively.
Required Materials
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Give each student a sheet of centimeter grid paper and a straightedge or ruler.
 “Each square on the grid is 1 centimeter by 1 centimeter.”
Activity
 “Take a few quiet minutes to draw some rectangles based on the requirements given to you. Be sure to label each rectangle with its side lengths and perimeter.”
 7–8 minutes: independent work time
 2–3 minutes: partner discussion
 Monitor for students who choose different pairs of side lengths for rectangle A.
Student Facing

Draw the following rectangles on centimeter grid paper. Label each rectangle. Record the side lengths and the perimeter of each.
 Rectangle A has a perimeter of 16 centimeters.
 Rectangle B has side lengths that are 3 times the side lengths of rectangle A.
 Rectangle C has side lengths that are \(\frac{1}{2}\) of the side lengths of B.
rectangle length (cm) width (cm) perimeter (cm) A 16 B C 
Rectangle D has a perimeter of 96 centimeters.
The perimeter of D is:

__________ times the perimeter of A

__________ times the perimeter of B

__________ times the perimeter of C

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Activity Synthesis
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Lesson Synthesis
Lesson Synthesis
Invite previously selected students to share their drawings and completed table from the last activity. Display drawings and tables for all to see.
“How did you find the perimeter for rectangle B and C?” (Sample responses:
 I doubled the length and doubled the width, and then added those two numbers.
 I added the length and width and then multiplied the sum by 2.
 I added up all the side lengths.)
If time permits, consider asking:
“What do you notice about the relationships between rectangles A, B, and C in these tables and drawings?” (The perimeters are 16, 48, and 24 cm in all responses. The measurements of rectangle B are 3 times those of A and 2 times the measurements of C.)
Select other students to share their responses to the last question about rectangle D.
“How did you figure out how the perimeter for D compares to those of A, B, and C?” (Sample response: I tried to find out what times 16 gives 96, what times 48 gives 96, and what times 24 gives 96.)
Cooldown: Rectangles Y and Z (5 minutes)
CoolDown
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