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Year Book Page Special Shape Collage

Laura Colaninno


The students arrange pictures for a yearbook in such a way so that a special shape is made. The students then find the area of the special shape they have made and find the cost of putting that picture on the page.


Uses concrete and graphic models to derive formulas for finding perimeter, area, surface area, circumference, and volume of two- and three- dimensional shapes including rectangular solids, cylinders, cones and pyramids.


- Pictures of the students (these can be taken with a traditional or digital camera) have at least 4 pictures for each student
- Permission Slip to take studentís picture. (optional, check districtís policy )
- If pictures of students can not be taken, look in extension for other ideas.
- There is an example of the a yearbook page in the attachment, but you may want to make one yourself to show the students.
- Scissors
- Tape
- Construction paper to tape pictures on to. (any type of paper can be used, but heavier paper is better)
- Lined notebook paper
- Metric Ruler (at least 2 per group)
- Calculator (one per student)
- Copy of student example worksheets or overhead of example work sheets
- Copy of the FCAT Reference Sheet
- Pictures from the USDA Photo Library


1. Take pictures of the students and have them the pictures developed.
2. Gather materials for activity.
3. Make copies of worksheets for each group.
4. Make a copy of the rubric for the teacherís use


1) This activity should be done after a student knows how to use the formulas on the FCAT Reference Sheet to the find the area of polygons and circles.

2) Remind the students of the skills they have learned for finding the area of polygons and circles on the FCAT Reference Sheet.

3) Show the students a special shape, ask the students if there is a formula on the FCAT Reference Sheet to find the area of the special shape.

4) Ask the students if they would like to make a picture page for the yearbook.

5) Show the students the example of a student picture page on the worksheet.

6) Explain to the students that each group will be planning pages in the yearbook with
pictures. Tell them that they will be making four picture pages. The first one will have two pictures, second one will have three pictures, the third one will have four pictures, and the last one will have five pictures.

7) Explain that they will also need to find the area of their final Special Shape Pictures Collage because the publisher charges 35Ę per square cm.

8) Remind the students of the skills for finding area of polygons and circles that they learned that are on the FCAT Reference Sheet.

9) Give each group the example worksheet.

10) Introduce the concept of Special Shape and the idea of Special Shape Picture Collage.

11) Explain that you want them to make Special Shapes out of pictures on their yearbook page. (Special Shape Picture Collage)

12) Go over the worksheet and answer any
questions the student many have.

13) Encourage the students to cut their pictures into different types of polygons.

14) Remind the students to use their rulers before they use their scissors so that the sides of their pictures are in whole centimeters. (Example 5cm by 8 cm not 5.35cm by 9.57cm)

15) Break the students into groups of four.

16) Pass out paper, metric ruler, tape or glue, scissors, FCAT Reference Sheet, and pictures of the students.

17) Circulate around the room to check their understanding of the worksheet and check out creative ideas.

18) When the students are done they can make their own yearbook or the pages can be shared by putting them on the bulletin board.


Note: This lesson does not assess the entire benchmark.
Each group should hand in four different yearbook picture pages.
Each page should have a Special Shape Picture Collage on it and another paper with how the group found the area of the Special Shape Picture Collage.
Use the rubric in the attachment file to assess the assignment.


1 After this lesson the student can be given teacher-generated worksheets of special shapes that the students can find the area of.
2) The students can make special shapes on the computer that their fellow students will have to find the area of.
3) Have the students use pictures from magazines instead of pictures of the class.

Web Links

Web supplement for Year Book Page Special Shape Collage
Pictures from the USDA Photo Library

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