Task# 24 Unit Squares

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this activity is to help students think a little more flexibly about the concept of area before studying, generally, the areas of triangles and special quadrilaterals. Tasks that ask 'What is the area of the given figure?' lend themselves to using formulas without understanding. However, 'Create a figure with a given area' is appealing because it requires students to understand the meaning of area.