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Concepts of Area Measurement


Supporting grades: 3

Description: In Lesson 5, students build rectangles using unit square tiles to make arrays when provided with specific criteria. For example, students may be told that there are 24 tiles inside the rectangle and one side of the rectangle is covered with 4 tiles. Now experienced with drawing rectangular arrays within an area model, students find the area of an incomplete array in Lesson 6. They visualize and predict what the finished array looks like and then complete it by joining opposite end points with a straight edge. They determine the total area using skip-counting. The incomplete array model bridges to the area model, where no array is given. In Lesson 7, students receive information about the side lengths of an area model (shown to the right). Based on this information, they use a straight edge to draw a grid of equal-sized squares within the area model and then skip-count to find the total number of squares. Units move beyond square centimeters and inches to include square feet and square meters. In Lesson 8, students recognize that side lengths play an important part in determining the area of a rectangle.

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