Lesson Plan

Finding Area: Furnishing A Room

Let your students decorate their own room with this lesson that has them use area to place furniture in a room.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Information Gaps and Finding the Area pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Information Gaps and Finding the Area pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to find the area of rectangles and squares.

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

(5 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today they are going to be interior decorators.
  • Explain to students that they will work with a partner to furnish a room.
  • Students will create polygons to furnish a room and be asked to calculate the area for each item.

Beginning

  • Define the following terms in students' home languages (L1) and in English (L2): "interior decorator," "furnish," "polygon," and "calculate." Provide an image when applicable.

Intermediate

  • Have students talk to a partner regarding their understanding of the meaning of the term "interior decorator" to gather their background knowledge on the concept. Display the sentence stem to guide them as they converse: "An interior decorator's job is to..."