Students like to discover game play strategies and, with Square Off, can use them to improve their math knowledge. The greater the area surrounded, the more points you earn. Students quickly realize that more points are earned for a square than any rectangle with the same perimeter. Consequently, this game can teach kids about the relationship between perimeter and area.

Encourage students to reflect on essential questions before, during, and after game play. What is the relationship between area and perimeter? What causes a figure to have a perimeter that is greater than its area? Discuss these concepts together.