# Area Strategies

Allow your students to explore the pros and cons of different strategies used to find the area of rectangles. Use this as a stand alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the Multiplication and Area in the Community Garden lesson.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Multiplication and Area in the Community Garden lesson plan.
##### View aligned standards
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Multiplication and Area in the Community Garden lesson plan.

#### Objectives

Students will be able to find areas of rectangles.

##### Language

Students will be able to compare and contrast strategies to find area using sentence starters.

#### Introduction

(2 minutes)
• Tell students that you are making some changes to your house and you need some help. In a room upstairs, you'd like to get new carpet and the flooring company is asking for the area of the room. Share that you know the length of one side of the room is 5 feet and the width is 4 feet.
• Lead them through a Think-Pair-Share activity by first asking them to think about the operation they'll need to use to figure out how much new carpet you'll need. Then, have them pair up with a partner to discuss their thoughts. Call on students to share out with the whole group their explanation. Provide a sentence stem to support students, such as "To figure out how much new carpet you'll need, you need to use the operation of ________."
• Go over the Language Objective by reading it aloud and having students repeat it. Explain that there are two specific ways to solve an area problem, and we will discuss them in today's lesson.