Wednesday, April 13, 2011


The teachers in my district are getting ready to teach measurement. Here are a few ideas for teaching area.

I had my class draw shapes on pieces of manilla paper. Then they found the area of their shape using color tiles.

We mixed up a batch of brownies. Then we poured the mix into the baking dish and talked about how the mix covered the entire area of the dish. After we baked the brownies, we cut them into squares and found the area of the pan based on the number of brownies it held.

Brooke, from Primary Perspective, just made a post about using Cheez-its to find area. Students can use regular cheddar and white cheddar Cheez-its to make an area pattern. Try out the new Big Cheez-its! They are lots of fun! Brooke also suggests using Fruit by the Foot and Pixie Stix for measuring. Check out Brooke's post at The Big Cheese and Delicious Dominoes.

The girls at Lesson Plan SOS have a great lesson on area. Its called Tile Time: Area and Perimeter in a Fun Interactive Way. Students are challenged to use color tiles to create a new tile pattern for their classroom. It's a simple, interactive, and fun area lesson! It includes instructions, voting cards, and picture examples...all for just $1.99!!

Another idea is to compare the area of the beds of the three bears. Make large bed shapes out of bulletin board paper. Then have students compare the area of the beds and discuss why the area was more or less, etc.

For a few other ideas, take a look at


Gina said...

awesome! I'M GOING TO DO THESE IDEAS! thanks for sharing!

musicalmary said...

Hi Brandy -- you were just at my blog asking a question about it not updating. i do not know why it's doing that, either. It hasn't updated in my PULSE news reader for a couple of weeks. I may sit down and tackle the problem this weekend! Strange. Maybe if you delete it and then re-enter the site again - who knows? Thanks for following my blog - reader or not! :-)

musicalmary said...

P.S. -- I am from Dallas, too (went to SMU) and worked on my masters in ed at UNT. Small world!