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Foundations for Understanding Area


Supporting grades: 3

Description: In Lesson 1, students come to understand area as an attribute of plane figures that is defined by the amount of two-dimensional space within a bounded region. Students use pattern blocks to tile given polygons without gaps or overlaps and without exceeding the boundaries of the shape. Lesson 2 takes students into an exploration in which they cut apart paper rectangles into same-size squares to concretely define a square unit, specifically square inches and centimeters. They use these units to make rectangular arrays that have the same area but different side lengths. Lessons 3 and 4 introduce students to the strategy of using centimeter and inch tiles to find area. Students use tiles to determine the area of a rectangle by tiling the region without gaps or overlaps.

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