# Perimeter Word Problems Worksheet

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Free Online Worksheet to help students practice solving perimeter word problems for regular shapes and for rectangles.

Objective:

• I know how to solve perimeter word problems for regular shapes and for rectangles.

Perimeter refers to the total distance around the outside of a two-dimensional shape. It is calculated by adding up the lengths of all the sides of the shape.

A regular shape is a two-dimensional shape where all sides have equal length and all angles have equal measure. When calculating the perimeter of a regular shape we can either add the lengths of all the sides or we can find the length of one side and multiply by the number of sides.

When calculating the perimeter of a rectangle, we can add up the lengths of all the sides or we can use the formula
P = 2(l + w)
where P is the perimeter, l is the length, and w is the width. This formula works because a rectangle has two pairs of parallel sides, and each pair has the same length. Therefore, to find the perimeter, you can add up the lengths of all four sides, which is the same as adding up two lengths and two widths.

Have a look at this video if you need to learn how to find the perimeter of a shape.

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1. Each side of a square field measures 24 meters. What is the perimeter of the field?
meters

2. What is the perimeter of a rectangular sheet of paper that measures 8 inches by 10 inches?
inches

3. The Holmes family plants a rectangular 5-yard by 8-yard vegetable garden. How many yards of fencing do
they need to put a fence around the garden?
yards

4. The soccer team jogs around the outside of the soccer field twice to warm up. The rectangular field
measures 60 yards by 100 yards. What is the total number of yards the team jogs?
yards

5. Marlene ropes off a square section of her yard where she plants grass. One side length of the square
measures 9 yards. What is the total length of rope Marlene uses?
yards

6. Miguel glues a ribbon border around the edges of a 5-inch by 10-inch picture to create a frame. What is
the total length of ribbon Miguel uses?
inches

7. A building at Elmira College has a room shaped like an octagon. The length of each side of the room is 30
feet. What is the perimeter of this room?
feet

8. Manny fences in a rectangular area for his dog to play in the backyard. The area measures 20 yards by 40
yards. What is the total length of fence that Manny uses?
yards

9. Tyler uses 6 craft sticks to make a hexagon. Each craft stick is 6 inches long. What is the perimeter of
Tyler’s hexagon?
inches

10. Francis made a rectangular path from her driveway to the porch. The width of the path is 2 feet. The
length is 30 feet. What is the perimeter of the path?
feet

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