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The Evolution of the Area Model: Elementary through Algebra
Free Lesson Plan Materials for Area Model Multiplication
Area models are an important tool for teaching multiplication understanding, but it can be difficult deciding where to start with your students. In one class a teacher may have students who do not know the multiplication facts and cannot multiply all the way to students who are ready to take off with decimal multiplication. Planning lessons for this wide variety of learners takes a lot of time because the teacher is essentially planning for at least three classes in one!