Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Using your Tile Floor to Teach Area

Here's an easy way to demonstrate AREA Lots of homes and classrooms have tile floors. If you do, you might want to use your floor and some painters tape to teach area.



Area = 2 square units


I like painters tape because it comes up easily after the lesson is over.

Area = 1 square unit


Start by marking off some squares and rectangles with your painters tape. Have students calculate the area. Younger students can count the floor tiles (square units). Older students can use the formula ( Length x Width = Area). Then reverse, name an area (such as 4 square units) and allow the students to mark off the area with tape.

Area = 4 square units


Area = 6 square units
As a follow-up students could copy and label sketches of the tiles in their math journals.



Have fun with math!







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  2. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. very nice area explanation using floor tiles

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  5. Wow, I never thought tile flooring could be used to teach our kids Math! I'm definitely going to try this.

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