We've been learning all about area the past few days. Here's what we did during math today:
Yesterday afternoon I used blue painter's tape to mark off some areas of the classroom. It was so fun listening to my students when they walked through the door this morning. "Miss Schneider! Why is there tape all over the floor?!" I actually overheard one student say to a friend, "I bet this has something to do with area."
Then, the students went around to each shape and recorded the area in square units.
Next, we practiced finding the area of various shapes on the SMARTboard. If you haven't checked out IXL yet, do yourself a favor and get over there right now! It's an online math practice program that is completely organized by grade level. Click here to find the area game we played today.
Finally, students created their own shapes using color tiles. They carefully traced around their unique shapes and their partners had to find the area using color tiles.
How do you teach your students about area?