Areas of Rectangles Word Problems

Let's learn with an example.

Henry built a basketball court that has a width of 8 meters and a length of 3 meters. What is the area of the basketball court that Henry built?

**First**, **find some clues **to the problem.

**Then**, **draw a picture or model**.

To find the area, we need to** ****multiply**** the length of the basketball court by its width**.

**Now**,** write an equation **for the solution.

8 mx3 m=24 m²

**Finally**,** write a complete sentence **for the answer.

The area of the basketball court is 24 square meters or 24 m².

😃** Tip**: Don't forget to write the unit of area in your answer.

Mike has a dark brown piece of wood and a light brown piece of wood. If Mike wants to use the piece of wood with a larger area, which piece of wood should he pick?

We're being asked to **compare **the areas of each piece of wood. 👍

First, let's **find the area **of each piece.

**Area **is the amount of space that an object covers.

To find the area of a rectangular object, we **multiply**:

These are the areas of the two pieces of wood:

Now, we **compare the area of the objects**.

192 in² is **greater than **135 in².

Mike shouldpick the dark brown piece of woodbecause it has a larger area.

Farmer Joe needs to cover with soil a garden that measures 6 m by 10 m. One bag of soil can cover an area of 3 square meters. How many bags of soil does Farmer Joe need?

**Start **to **look for clues**.

Now, **draw a picture**.

This problem can be solved in two steps.

**👉 First**, we find the area of the garden.

6 mx10 m=60 m²

😊 The garden's area is** 60 square meters or 60 m²**.

**👉 Now**, we** divide** the garden's area (60) by the area that can be covered by one bag of soil (3).

This will tell us how many bags we need to cover the entire garden! 🤓

What's 60 square meters divided by 3 square meters?

60÷3=20

That's right! 20!

✅ Farmer Joe needs **20 bags **of soil.

Now, you can move on to practice. 💪

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