Lesson Plan

What's My Area?

Young mathematicians will enjoy demonstrating their skills with this lesson on finding area. It addresses the concepts of length, width, and square units.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Finding Area: What Information Do I Need? pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to solve for the area of a rectangle or square.

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

Introduction

(4 minutes)
  • Bring the students to the class meeting area.
  • Draw a rectangle on the board.
  • Ask students to talk about the shape they see and what they know about it. Listen for students to use key terms such as area, length, and width.

Beginning

  • Allow students to use reference materials in their home language (L1) to look up key terms for finding area, such as area, length, width, rectangle, and square.

Intermediate

  • Provide student-friendly definitions and visuals of the key terms: area, length, width.
  • Encourage students to discuss how to find the area of a shape. Have them use sequence words (e.g., first, then, next) to describe the process.