I like this idea
02032013, 04:32 PM


...but it seems like a lot to do in one lesson.
When I started area with my class this year, we started by describing it and how it is different to perimeter. Then we practiced finding the area of different shapes. I had the students draw shapes on square paper and had them count the squares to find the area. Then I gave them different shapes , already drawn, to find the area of. You could include the Cheezits idea with this.
Then in the next lesson we started talking about multiplying and how the regular shapes (squares and rectangles) were similar to an array, so we could multiply the lengths of the 2 adjacent sides.
My students had a lot of difficulty with the difference between area and perimeter though. we still need to do more practicing with that.
