For the purpose of this blog post, I’m not going to teach you how to
play Minecraft. There are many resources online and books you can read to
learn how to play it. Rather, I’m going to show you how to use Minecraft
to introduce finding the area to your young students.
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How to Find the Area of a Square
When students are asked to find the area of a shape, they need to figure out how much space is taken up by a twodimensional (2D or flat) shape or surface. There are several strategies that can be used for each kind of shape, but today's blog post will be focusing only on finding the area for squares and rectangles.1. Find the area by counting the units.
Earlier this week I made a map in Minecraft and added these five squares.
One block in the square represents one unit. These examples are similar to
what you’d find in a math book. Count the number of blocks in each shape. What
is the area of each one? Keep reading for the answers!
2. Find the area by multiplying length x width.
When the students get to second and third grade, they need to apply their multiplication skills to find the area of squares and rectangles. They learn that area = length x width.
Take a look at each shape in the first photo again. Count the number of
squares across the bottom... that is the length. Count the number of squares
going up the side... that is the width. Multiply the two numbers together to
find the area. Were you able to figure out the area for each shape?
What is the area of these squares?
Here are the areas of each square. Remember... the area is always measured in square units.
The area of this square is one square unit.
The area of this square is four square units.
The area of this square is nine square units.
The area of this square is 16 square units.
The area of this square is 25 square units.
Question: How would you calculate the area of this rectangular pool? How
about this bubbly hot lava pit? Describe your thought process in the
comments below!
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