**What’s an AREA MODEL?**

### A rectangular array used to demonstrate a rich and interconnected web of multiplicative ideas.

## The hundred grid is a powerful model for developing a richly diverse and complex network of concepts. Do not reduce it to a “hundred chart.” Instead develop it as the powerful modeling tool it can be.

### In this image I am using the hundred grid as an **area model** for 100 (10×10). By colouring in tens and ones, students can learn to visualize relationships between numbers to 100.

### The green represents 76 and with practice students use this area model to “know” and “perform with fluency” addition and subtraction facts to 100.

### The cuisenaire rods provide a concrete basis for developing “area” models into multiplication and division “facts” and relationships. The rods fit cm grid paper.

LEARNING MULTIPLICATION FACTS

### ABOVE I am using the hundred grid to model multiplication facts as they are related by distributing within a hundred. The orange represents 8 x 8. I knew that without counting. I also see that 8×8= (5+3)(5+3). I can also describe that distribution as (5×5)+ (5×3) +(3×5) + (3×3).

### Can you explain the 40?

Two Digit Multiplication

### The visual is a rectangle. You have likely seen this model for 2 digit by 2 digit but did you know that with practice students can perform these multiplications in their head? And even more important to later success build confidence with the distributive property…..

## And before you worry about division being too hard wait till you see these…

**Area Models Apply to ****Mathematical Topics in Elementary School**

## AREA MODELS continue to impact rich and deep learning of Foundational Concepts from Junior through Senior high

Click here to link to sample lessons and materials that support Junior and Senior High math courses. http://gdaymath.com/courses/astounding-power-of-area/

*Click on the map to enlarge it.*

AREA MODELS connect “multiplicative reasoning” to the learning of “Math Facts”. AREA MODELS make evident number properties (commutative, associative & distributive) in ways that “just make sense” to students.

AREA MODELS tap into the visual-spatial reasoning power of the human brain, a power that we can no longer ignore in our teaching.

It is the power of GENIUS and the untapped potential in all of us. (Lorway, 2015)

In the study of numerical and arithmetical abilities, there is compelling evidence demonstrating that number and space representations are connected to one another.(Walsh, 2003; Fias & Fischer, 2005; Hubbard, Piazza, Pinel & Dehaene, 2005; de Hevia, Vallar & Girelli, 2008)

The relation between spatial ability and mathematics is so well established that it no longer makes sense to ask whether they are related.(Mix & Cheng, 2012)

Area models develop, sustain and challenge spatial reasoning. There is clear and direct evidence that spatial reasoning is a BASIC SKILL that can impact achievement for ALL STUDENTS. We know it makes a difference to achievement. It is our professional responsibility to incorporate it into our approach to teaching. (Lorway, 2014)

Read more about AREA MODELS HERE.