Oh Rats!

Channeling the inquisitive nature of rats to explore area and perimeter
Meets the learning standards for grades 4-5 (can be adapted)
Media Type: painting (or drawing)
Formal Lesson Plan and TEKS Information

Materials: writing materials, paper or canvas, ruler, colors/color pencils, graph paper (https://free-printable-paper.com/graph-paper/)

We were inspired by our friends Butters and Percy at River Bend Nature Center to create a lesson about rats!

Want to know more? Study this Nat Geo Kids article with even more info about rats.

Area & Perimeter:

Time for a video about area and perimeter!

After watching, can you explain the difference between Area and Perimeter and how to calculate them?

Activity:

Now, let’s get creative! Recreate your large block letter on a blank piece of paper. Imagine the interior of the letter is a maze, a pipe system, or a small crawlspace. Would the letter make a nice environment for rats to live and play?

Find pictures of rats for reference. Here are some other great resources:

Rat Body Language
Rat Tutorial

Take your time and really fill the area with your rat drawings.

When you’re finished, color or other embellishments can be added. Gorgeous!

Closing:

How do area and perimeter contribute to artistic design? How did the playful and inquisitive nature of rats inform your creative lettering?

Extending the Lesson