Squares, Rectangles, and Triangles?

Target Group

I would use this lesson for either 4th or 5th graders for a math lesson on area!

Lesson, Instructions, Goal of the Lesson

This would be used after I introduce students how to use the different formulas of area for squares, rectangles, and triangles. The google drawing shows different shapes they need to find the area for and I would give students about 10 minutes to solve the problems on their own paper. Once the time is up I would work through each shape with them and put in the answers to the problem. The main goal of this lesson is to make sure they understand how to use the formulas and to identify which numbers to use in the formula. By using google drawing I can make a more colorful and visual image so students can solve the problems as well as I could also have them fill in the answers themselves since people can join the document! Just click below on the link to get your copy of the lesson!

Link for Copy


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2 Replies to “Squares, Rectangles, and Triangles?”

  1. A colorful and fun canvas for students to explore how to use the formulas to solve for area in different shapes. A good demonstration of how Draw can be used to both share content and provide space for student work.

    One suggestion – you might want to highlight the answer space in a different color or border. That would more clearly direct the students to the space where they share their answers.

    One last item – you might want to change the red background to something more neutral – like a soft gray. When the red is used with some of shape colors they create some color clash issues.

    PS – I love how your featured image is such a subtle and artistic representation of shapes.

  2. Alexa,
    Google Draw is definitely a great tool for information related to shapes! This lesson is great for both involving student input and (teacher) presentation (you could also try having students present, though 4th and 5th grade might be a little young).
    I do agree that the conflicting intense colors are a little off-putting. Instead of changing the background, you could also make the shapes more of a neutral color and I think that would have a similar effect to what Dr. Pappas mentioned. I also think you could do without the dividing line in the middle.
    I do like the use of white though. It is such an underestimated text color! 🙂

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