MA.4.G.3.1Archived Standard

Describe and determine area as the number of same-sized units that cover a region in the plane, recognizing that a unit square is the standard unit for measuring area.
Subject Area: X-Mathematics (former standards - 2008)
Grade: 4
Body of Knowledge: Geometry
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Big Idea: BIG IDEA 3 - Develop an understanding of area and determine the area of two-dimensional shapes.
Date Adopted or Revised: 09/07
Date of Last Rating: 06/07
Status: State Board Approved - Archived
Assessed: Yes


Geoboards, tiles, and grid paper provide helpful contexts for this exploration. The focus is on countable units rather than multiplying dimensions.


  • Item Type(s): This benchmark may be assessed using: MC item(s)
  • At Grade 4, this benchmark will be assessed using MC items.
  • Clarification :
    Students will determine the area of a figure or a region on a plane by using countable units rather than multiplying dimensions.
  • Content Limits :
    Items may include estimating areas of irregular geometric shapes, such as a figure in the shape of a pond, a mitten, a foot, the sole of a shoe, or a solid letter D.

    Items should include countable units that estimate to a whole unit or half unit.

    Items may use only a one-to-one scale.
  • Stimulus Attributes :
    Shapes must be shown on a grid (or a gridlike graphic, such as geoboards or tiles); however, grid lines need not extend through the shape.

    Items may be set in either a real-world or mathematical context.


  • Test Item #: Sample Item 1
  • Question: Carla drew a picture of the shape of a pond at the park. It has an area of about 28 square yards. Which of the following could be Carla’s picture of the pond?
  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: MC: Multiple Choice