Reflection: Backwards Planning Build A Rectangle With A Given Area - Section 3: Partner Work


This is a crucial lesson and practice prior to the lesson on constructing a nest box because the students use this skill as the first step.  I wanted to make sure my students could successfully design a rectangle to a given area and determine the best dimensions for a given task. 

While the students easily found the areas using factors of two, five, and ten, they were less likely to use factors of three, four, and six.

One key area to focus on in this lesson is the use of place value and knowledge of doubles.  It is also helpful to make sure students have had many experiences building array with counters or tiles to rearrange to create an area. 

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Build A Rectangle With A Given Area

Unit 3: Measurement
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: SWBAT create a rectangle to model a given area.

Big Idea: This lesson moves students from whole to part/part thinking, using area as the whole and finding ways to work backwards to determine the parts.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Measurement, multiplication, area of rectangle, multiplication models, Critical Areas
  40 minutes
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