Area of Rectangles - Interactive Lesson

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Kids compute the area of shapes in games and quizzes.

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The app is easy to use, and the game consists of six levels that gradually increase in difficulty. Some of the material quizzed on is not taught in the lesson, however.

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Parents need to know that Area of Rectangles - Interactive Lesson is an educational app that both teaches and tests knowledge about computing the area of rectangles. Kids start out with the Lesson section, which teaches how the area of rectangles works and is computed, step by step. Some of the screens have interactive components for hands-on learning. Kids then move on to the Questions section, which consists of five questions to test the basic concepts. Finally is the Game section, where kids proceed through six levels of timed questions pertaining to the area of rectangles and other related shapes. The Questions and Game sections do contain some concepts that were not explicitly taught in the Lesson section.

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AREA OF RECTANGLES - INTERACTIVE LESSON will help kids practice computing the area of rectangles, and of shapes that consist of two or more rectangles put together. The Lesson section starts off by showing kids how to use unit squares to determine the area of any shape with straight sides, but then it only teaches the formula for the area of a basic rectangle, without addressing the more irregular shapes shown at the beginning of the lesson. The lesson needs to be more thorough and cover all the area concepts that are tested in the app. Kids will need to already know, or figure out on their own, the concepts involved with determining the area of the more irregular shapes in the app. The app is a very interactive way to practice these skills, however, and the three challenges at the end of the Game section motivate kids to improve the next time they play.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: June 29, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 2.70 MB
  • Publisher: Brainingcamp, LLC
  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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