Introduction to Area

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Our Introduction to Area Lesson Plan equips student to define area, explain the concept of area, and identify the area of a square and rectangle or other given spaces.  Build concept imagery by contrasting examples of small and large areas.  This lesson provides varying opportunities to measure objects and to visualize the application of concepts.  Students generalize their understanding of area and utilize their critical thinking skills as they identify jobs require finding the area of an object.

Introduction to Area Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Area.
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on determining the definition of the area, measurement, and how to find it.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 2-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Introduction to Area Lesson Plan equips student to define area, explain the concept of area, and identify the area of a square and rectangle or other given spaces.  Build concept imagery by contrasting examples of small and large areas.  This lesson provides varying opportunities to measure objects and to visualize the application of concepts.  Students generalize their understanding of area and utilize their critical thinking skills as they identify jobs require finding the area of an object.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students: How many desks (or tables) do you think could fit in the room if they were placed next to each other without any spaces in between?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask: How many desks do you think could fit in the gym?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion? Ask: What is the space called that is covered by the desks?
  4. Relate the responses to “area” and the number of square units for an area. Discuss that some areas are larger than others. Ask students to give examples of small areas and large areas.
  5. Distribute Introduction to Area content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions for Part 1. Group students in 3s. Distribute six 1’ x 1’ cardboard squares to each student. Remind students they are to work together. (Optional objects/ places may be used.) Give sufficient time to complete the activity. Once completed, review the groups’ responses together with the class.
  7. Part 2 of activity: Review instructions. Distribute scissors. Give students time to measure the objects. When completed, review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask: What jobs would need to use the area of an object?
  11. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.2 CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.C.5 CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.C.6 CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.C.7 CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.D.8 CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math