Area & Perimeter Practice for 3rd Grade – Scavenger Hunt Activity {FREE}

Are your third graders confident with area and perimeter? Do they understand the difference? Provide fun and low-prep practice with this classroom scavenger hunt! This area & perimeter practice for 3rd grade will get your kids up and moving, while learning math.

Two math topics that have tons of real world meaning and significance are area and perimeter. We see and use these all the time, though we may not always realize it. So it’s important for kids to have early exposure to these concepts, the vocabulary terms and lots of practice to make sense of them. When first teaching or introducing area and perimeter, it’s important to use hands on manipulatives, visuals, real world examples, etc. But it is also important to provide additional practice with the concepts once kids know and understand what they are. That’s where this classroom scavenger hunt comes in! I LOVE using scavenger hunts as a way to review skills because it gives kids a chance to get out of their seat and move, work with their classmates, and review important math, all at the same time.

Use this as extra practice with kids in 3rd grade who are still working to master area and perimeter problems, or as a review for kids in 4th grade who are still struggling.

How the Scavenger Hunt Works:

The scavenger hunt includes 10 problems for kids to solve. To set it up, post all 10 problems in various locations around your room. Give each student a recording sheet and then you’re ready to get started!

To begin, kids can start with ANY of the problems. They solve it on their recording sheet and then have to FIND the solution somewhere around the classroom.

When they find the answer to the problem, they solve the NEXT problem in the scavenger hunt.

Eventually, they will end up back where they started and they’ll know they have completed the hunt correctly.

Area & Perimeter Skills Covered:

This scavenger hunt is based on 3rd grade math standards, but you may want to use it as a review with students in 4th or 5th grade if they have not yet learned about area and perimeter, or if they need a refresher before moving onto more challenging problems.

The following math skills are included in this scavenger hunt:

  • Find the area of an irregular shape by counting unit squares
  • Finding the perimeter of rectangles
  • Finding the missing side length (when given the perimeter)

Tips for Using This Scavenger Hunt in the Classroom:

  • Give kids a clipboard to make it easier to record their work and answers as they move about the room
  • Let kids work with partners as they make their way through the scavenger hunt
  • If you have a large class, assign kids a starting problem so they’re not all bunched together at the same location
  • Collect the recording sheets as an informal assessment of how your students are doing
  • Use this as an end-of-unit review, end-of-the-year review or as a substitute activity (be sure to do this with your students prior to leaving it with a sub so students know how it works)

No matter how or when you decide to incorporate this into your lesson plans, I am sure your students will enjoy the change of pace and the chance to get up and move!

Ready to get started? Just click the link below to grab this freebie from my shop.


Even MORE Scavenger Hunts for your Classroom:

If you love this simple review activity, you may be interested in the entire 3rd grade bundle! This includes 5 different scavenger hunts. Each hunt not only comes with the scavenger hunt whole class activity and answer key, but they each come with individual practice worksheets for additional review or assessment.

Plus, you save 20% when you purchase the entire bundle!

Learn more about the 3rd Grade Math Review Scavenger Hunt Bundle HERE!


{Click HERE to grab the FREE Area & Perimeter Practice for 3rd Grade Scavenger Hunt!}

Please note: The freebie only includes the scavenger hunt and recording sheet, not the answer key or extra practice worksheets. If you would prefer the entire product, grab it in my shop here, or grab it as part of the 3rd grade bundle.

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