Design Your Playground


Design your own playground using knowledge of area, perimeter and simple machines.



Designing a Playground

Imagine: Your school is getting a new playground...and you have been asked by your teachers and principal to create a design for the new playground.





Your Task: You will use your knowledge of finding the area and perimeter of rectangular shapes and of simple machines to create a design with different areas and activities that you would like to see included in the new playground. All students in your school will be using this playground, so include areas with activities that you think all students will enjoy.

In order to create a design that the students in your school will love to use. You will need to brush up on calculating the area and perimeter of various shapes.


1.) You will watch  short videos on area and perimeter, and Simple Machines

2.) After you have explored  various websites and you feel you understand area and perimeter, and Simple Machines you will use graph paper to create your playground design.




Step 1:

You will be working with a partner .


Step 2:

You and your partner will watch the following video on finding the area and perimeter:

Step 3:

You and your partner will watch the following video on simple machines.


Step 4:

You and your partner must complete the Simple Machine worksheet.

Name Of Simple Machine


Example of How We Use It Today…




Inclined Plane













Wheel & Axle





Step 5:

Now that you and your partner are area and perimeter experts, you are ready to design your playground!

Please follow the directions below:

1.) Read over the rubric found in the evaluation tab to see how you will be scored.

2.) You will need a piece of graph paper. You will use this to draw/create your playground design.

3.) Using rectangular shapes draw the areas of your playground on the graph paper.

4.) You must include 8 different rectangular areas/activities in your playground design.

-label the side lengths of each rectangular area

-inside each rectangular shape, label the total area and perimeter (let P stand for Perimeter and A stand for Area)

-label each rectangular area with a number 1-8 and create a key that lets your principal and teachers know what activity you have planned for the different areas.

5.) You must include 6 Simple Machines in your playground design.

 - label each example of a Simple Machine


Step 6:

Once again check the rubric, and turn in your completed playground design



This is how your work will be evaluated.

Cooperation Did not work well together at all and did not share roles.  Worked okay together and shared roles sometimes. Worked reasonably well together and both members shared roles most of the time. Worked very well together and both members did their part.  
Playground Design Plan Design plan is not labeled and has 5 or fewer areas.   Design plan is partially labeled and has 6 areas. Design plan is labeled but has only 7 areas. Design plan is labeled and has 8 areas.  
Simple Machines

Design plan has less than 4 Simple Machines and they are not labeled.


Design Plan has less than 4 labeled Simple Machines.



Design plan includes less than 6 Simple Machines.  Simple Machines may or not be labeled.

Design plan includes all 6 Simple Machines correctly labeled.


Simple Machine Worksheet Worksheet is not completed Worksheet is not complete. Worksheet is complete. Some information is incorrect. Worksheet is complete, accurate and neat  
2 or fewer areas have the correct calculations for area and perimeter. 3-4 areas have the correct calculations for area and perimeter. 5-6 areas have the correct calculations for area and perimeter. 7-8 of the areas have the correct calculations for area and perimeter.  
Neatness Entire project was sloppy.   Only part of the project was neat, organized, and readable. The majority of the project was neat, organized, and readable. Entire design was neat, organized and readable.  


No Key was created 

A key was created, but included 4 or fewer areas. 

A key was created, and included 5-7 areas.

A key was created, and included all 8 areas. 





Congratulations, you created a playground design that your fellow classmates are sure to love!





Clip-art/Picture Credits:

Clipart Panda

Leslie Saylor .

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