What is Area?
Area is the amount of space inside a two-dimensional shape. Area is always measured in square units. Common units used when measuring area include square inches, square feet, and square meters. When calculating area, it is important that all dimensions are measured using the same units.
Calculating the area of a rectangular shape involves the multiplication of two lengths. There are different formulas you can use to find the area of other shapes. For example, the area of a rectangle is found when you multiply the length of the shape by the width of the shape (A = l x w). If a sandbox is 6 feet long and 4 feet wide, the area of the sandbox would be 24 square feet (6 x 4 = 24).
Why is area important to learn?
Devoting time to consistent practice with area in your classroom is critical to a child’s development. Practicing area problems will help students improve their basic understanding of numbers while also helping them see concrete representations of multiplication.
Calculating area is an essential skill that has many real-world applications. This is shown in people’s careers and in their everyday living. Farmers, architects, builders, and engineers must measure accurately in order to succeed at their jobs. If painting a room in your house, you need a solid understanding of area before you can begin. This will affect how much paint you buy and how much money you will need to cover its cost.
Learning about area can easily be planned into a fun classroom activity, like creating a masking tape rectangle on the floor and calculating the enclosed area; an assignment which impacts student learning well beyond the subject of math.