WSP Area of Rectangles

  • Area of Rectangles

    Grade: 3rd to 5th

    This applet allows for the exploration of the area of rectangles.


    Release: 2015Q2, Semantic Version: 4.2.0, Build Number: 911.6-r, Build Stamp:


    How to Use

    Use the red points to adjust the size and location of the rectangle.


    • Show/Hide Base and Height- will reveal those measurements (rounded to the thousandths).
    • Show/Hide Area- will reveal the area, rounded to the hundredths.

    Click and drag the measurements around the workspace as you wish.


    Before using any of the buttons, explore the following:

    • Knowing that the background is a cm. grid, how can you estimate the area of the rectangle?
    • What is the relationship between the base, height, and area of the rectangle?
    • Write down a real-world scenario that would require you to know the area of a rectangle.


    Objectives and Standards

    NCTM Standards and Expectations
    • Geometry / Measurement
    • Understand that by similarity, side ratios in right triangles are properties of the angles in the triangle, leading to definitions of trigonometric ratios for acute angles.
    • 3-5
    • Geometry
    • Measurement