A lesson centered on the increasing size of the American home to present the idea of conservation of area to a sixth grade class with many English as Second Language students. An activity sheet is included. Quick Reads focuses on providing the reader with activities or ideas for the middle school classroom that are quick and applicable. Quick Reads is a regular department of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. Its aim is to publish single ideas that are too good not to be published, but are not long enough for a full article. Topics range from research, collaboration and "what works" in the classroom.