Lesson Plan

Area Models and Multiplication

Area models are building blocks to more complicated multiplication and division. Use this lesson to refresh students on the relationship between multiplication and area to prepare them to use the area models strategy with larger numbers.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Area with Multiplying and Adding pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to create area models and decompose the factor on one side of a rectangle.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
An Introduction to AreaGraphing PaperMultiplying with Area Model
  • Display the rectangle at the top of the page from the worksheet An Introduction to Area. Ask students to brainstorm with partners about the area of the rectangle and what might represent that size in real life (e.g., piece of paper, picture book, etc.).
  • Allow partners to share their answers, making sure to write the answers or equations on the board.
  • Write the key terms on the board and ask students to use the terms in their explanations if possible.

Beginning

  • Provide key terms and visuals for the words "rectangle," "length," "width," "area equation" (i.e., L x W = Area), etc.
  • Allow students to use their home language (L1) or English (L2) in their discussions.

Intermediate

  • Write the academic language students can use throughout the lesson on the board as you introduce the language.