54 Comments Kaylee W. on February 5, 2011 at 6:39 am Dear Mr. Avery, As soon as I saw the video I knew how to do area. It was a great learning video. Jenna and Ben did a fabulous job. They were amazing! From, Kaylee 😉 Reply Fran Lo on February 5, 2011 at 9:50 am Awesome video! Love the music at the start. You are very clear, showing all the steps. I wish my math teachers had used videos like that when I was learning how to figure out area. Thanks! Reply Natalie on February 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm Dear Fran Lo, I like the music at the beginning too. I am amazed at how much electronics improved over the years. They’ve improved a lot just since I started school! Sincerely, Natalie S. Reply Jane Hake on February 5, 2011 at 9:50 am I am a teacher in Missouri and my fourth graders will love this post on area. I am going to show them Ben and Jenny’s video, too. Sometimes it really helps students to hear another student explain something. My class is working on a museum exhibit and looking at a a floor plan with an irregular area to fill with items. We have to be sure everything fits, so we are using area a lot. There are so many good reasons to understand how to figure out area. Thank you!!! Reply Natalie on February 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm Dear Mrs. Hake, I understood the videos more. I wonder if you teach my cousin because she is in fourth grade and I think she lives in Missouri. Her name is Jennifer. Sincerely, Natalie S. Reply Jane Hake on February 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm Sorry, Natalie. We do not have a Jennifer in our school in 4th grade that I know of! I also need to apologize to Jenna- I called her Jenny!!! oops! WE all just watched the video (22 4th graders in Missouri.) Reply Jenna K. on February 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm Dear Jane Hake, I don’t care what you call me as long as it has Jen in it. Some people call me agenda even though it doesn’t spell Jen. I hoped your class liked the video that Ben and I did. I thought the video was fun but I was nervous. From, Jenna Reply Mr. Avery on February 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm Mrs. Hake, I love the idea of creating a museum exhibit for area. I think this would be a great collaborative project next year! We could work together on a museum or each class could create their own and then we could virtually visit each others museums! Mr. Avery Reply Margie Amanda's mom on February 6, 2011 at 11:56 am Dear Mr. Avery & class I am very impressed with the talent this class has. What a fun way to learn. From, Margie Reply Mike Amanda's Dad on February 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm Hey Mr. Avery’s class, Maybe we’ll be watching one of you on Fox news cast in the future. Great job. Amanda’s dad Reply Mr. Salsich on February 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm Dear Mr. Avery’s Class, Thanks for that great explanation of how to find the area of rectangular shapes. The video was fantastic! (If I need to purchase a house I’ll know exactly where to go to get the information I need.) We study area a little bit in the spring, so I’ll share this post with my students then. In the past we have done a project where we build kites and have to figure out the area of the sail. If we do it again this spring I’ll contact you to see if you want to join the project. Keep up the wonderful work! From, Mr. Salsich Reply Natalie on February 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm Dear Mr. Salsich, I was wondering where you teach. I was also wondering how much of a time difference there is between where you live and where I live. Sincerely, Natalie S. Reply Mr. Avery on February 8, 2011 at 10:34 am Dear Mr. Salsich, We would love to do a collaborative project with you in the spring with kites. That sounds like so much fun. Thank you for always leaving us comments! Mr. Avery’s Class Reply Mike K. on February 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm Dear Mr. Salsich, Thank You for writing on our blog. How was the kite project? That sounds like fun. Sincerely, Mike Reply Mrs. Crogan on February 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm Dear Mr. Avery’s Class, Ben and Jenna did an AMAZING job explaining area! Our class will be studying area after we tackle long division. We will definitely watch your video. Thank you for sharing! Keep up the great work!! Sincerely, Mrs. Crogan Mrs. Crogan’s Class Blog Reply Mrs. Crogan on February 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm Dear Mr. Avery’s Class, Ben and Jenna did an AMAZING job explaining area! Our class will be studying area after we tackle long division. We will definitely watch your video. Thank you for sharing! Keep up the great work!! Sincerely, Mrs. Crogan Mrs. Crogan’s Class Blog Reply Ms. Conroy on February 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm Hi Mr. Avery’s Class! You are all working so hard and I am so impressed by the videos. Let me know when your next production is so I can come in and see how it is done! Great job! Ms. Conroy Dennett Elementary Reply Mr. Avery on February 8, 2011 at 10:35 am Dear Ms. Conroy, We will definitely let you know when our next video is being done. We try to do one each month. We should be doing one soon but it won’t be a math one. We’re going to make a movie trailer for the book The BFG. Sincerely, Mr. Avery’s Class Reply Natalie S. on March 27, 2011 at 10:44 am Dear Ms. Conroy, We made another two movies. One about The Big Friendly giant, and one about the Avery Bunch. The BFG movie trailer is based on the real book. Roald Dahl was the author of the book. The Avery Bunch is based on the Brady Bunch except, the Avery bunch is working with fractions. It was very fun to sing and shoot. Sincerely, Natalie S. Reply Holly & Corey on February 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm This is such a cool website! We learned a lot and enjoyed seeing what Amanda does at school. We wish we had something like this when we were in grade school. It seems like a fun way to learn. Keep up the good work 🙂 Love, Corey & Holly (Amanda’s favorite cousins) Reply Amanda's Aunt Eileen on February 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm Dear Mr. Avery and Class, This is an AWESOME idea! I was very impressed with the effort and information in the endangered animals piece. Keep up the great work and I will be tuning in often to see what other exciting things you are learning! Love, Auntie Eileen (Amanda’s aunt) Reply Amanda's Uncle Frank on February 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm Great work! It looks like you all are really getting into it. Amanda’s Uncle Frank Reply lindayollis on February 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm Dear Jenna and Ben, Thank you so much for a fantastic demonstration about how to calculate area! Figuring out the area of square rooms is fairly easy, but the irregular shape ones are tricky. I like how you broke the room up into sections to easily figure out the rectangles. You asked if I ever find the area of anything else besides a room. Well…my husband and I are trying to buy an area rug for our den. First, we discovered that rug stores sell area rugs in many standard sizes. We are looking at rugs that are 8′ X 10′. Rugs actually come in numerous sizes, but those dimensions seem to work for the shape of our room. Thanks for a great demonstration, and if I ever move to your town…I’ll be sure to use Avery Realty to purchase a house! Your pal, Mrs. Y♥llis Reply Mr. Avery on February 8, 2011 at 10:44 am Dear Mrs. Yollis, Thank you for sharing about your area rug for your den. We found out the area of your rug in class. If your rug is 8 feet x 10 feet, your area rug will cover 80 square feet! That’s a big rug! Sincerely, Mr. Avery’s Class Reply Alexandra (Amanda's cousin) on February 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm Hey, Great explanation guys! Good job. Amanda’s cousin Alexandra Reply Millie on February 7, 2011 at 3:03 am Hi guys! I’m Millie from Pams class in South Australia. I thought that you video was great! You explained the concept of area really well! I loved the way you set out your text! It was easier to understand because you highlighted the numbers in colours! I think the answer to the 32inches x 27inces is 864 inches. Am I right? Keep up the great blogging! Millie 😀 Reply Mr. Avery on February 8, 2011 at 10:47 am Dear Millie, Thank you for visiting our blog! You were the first one to figure out our problem. You’re absolutely correct. 32 inches x 27 inches = 864 square inches We hope you keep coming back to visit. We’ll be making more videos throughout the year! Your blogging pals, Mr. Avery’s Class Reply Natalie S. on March 27, 2011 at 10:48 am Dear Millie, I’m Natalie. You are right! 32 inches times 27 inches equals 864 inches! Can you figure out what the perimeter would be? Sincerely, Natalie S. Reply Amanda K. on February 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm Dear Mr. Avery, I think these videos are a fun way of learning. They are also great to get kids working and they will have an awesome time doing it. From, Amanda Reply Tristan B. on February 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm Dear Mr. Avery, I know that I have not been on this like I was but that was because I have girl scouts and basketball. I decided to write every Monday. That video about area was impressive. I like how they showed the easier sets and then the harder ones where they added them together. Did your class just learn this or a long time ago? My class learned it about 3 months ago. From, Tristan B. Reply Beth on February 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm Dear Mr. Avery, Natalie showed me your blog and I was very impressed. She said that the video explaining area was extremely helpful to her in understanding the math concept. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Beth ( Natalie’s friend) Reply Rebecca's Dad on February 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm Dear Mr. Avery’s class, I’m glad you are learning about finding area. I am a builder and I use those skills every day! From, Rebecca’s Dad Reply Natalie's mom on February 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm Dear Mr. Avery and class, I really liked the video. When it was starting, the music sounded very ominous – like the beginning of Star Wars. The cute little symbol and music at the end was really cute too. But what I liked the most of all was the MIDDLE — Jenna and Ben! You took a tough subject and really broke it down. I liked it a lot. I’ll bet there are some adults that would have to think really hard about how to do an irregular room like what you did. Nice job! Sincerely, Amy (Natalie’s mom) Reply Natalie's Step-Dad Brad on February 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm Dear Mr. Avery’s class, You guys are so smart! That was a really long problem – Jenna and Ben did a great job remembering all the steps. It looks like you have a lot of fun in Mr. Avery’s class. Keep up the good work. Brad Reply Natalie on February 9, 2011 at 7:51 am Dear Mr. Avery, I think you can find the area of a computer, a bubble letter, and a folder. If the length of a rectangle is 32 inches and the width is 27 inches then the area would be 864 sq. inches. If the length of a rectangle was 42 inches and the width is 52 inches. What would be the perimeter and the area be? This is a brain teaser! Sincerely, Natalie Reply Ben W. on February 9, 2011 at 10:06 am Dear Mr. Avery, I think the video Jenna and I did will really help kids to find the perimeter of things. I think 32×27=864inches sq. Sincerely, Ben W Reply Natalie on February 9, 2011 at 10:12 am Dear Mr. Avery, I wish I could do a math movie too. My cousin wrote on the blog and so did her friend. In the future I would like to do a math movie. I heard it’s really fun. Jenna said she was nervous but fun. We miss you Ms. Mayo is here. She is so nice. Sincerely, Natalie Reply Jane Hake on February 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm My whole class finally got a chance to watch your video! We say: awesome! Will says: It’s a good video for learning. Jordan says: You guys did great Jenna and Ben! Samir says: It must have taken hard work doing that! Ray says: You guys could be on the news, you are so good! Grace says: How did you erase the board so fast? Reply Mr. Avery on February 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm Mrs. Hake’s Class, We’re so glad you got to watch our video! The students made it to help others better understand how to find area. @Will, Jordan, Samir, and Ray – Thank you so much for your kind words! We’re glad you enjoyed it! @Grace – We took a few different videos and then put them together at the end. We didn’t really erase the board that fast. It just looked that way! Your blogging buddies, Mr. Avery’s Class Reply Jane Hake on February 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm By the way, our favorite class book is the BFG! We had a Roald Dahl Day last year. We want to see the movie trailer you make! Reply Mr. Avery on February 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm Dear Mrs. Hake, We love Roald Dahl! We read The BFG together as a class but many students read other Roald Dahl books all on their own! We enjoy your blog as well! I’ll be adding you to our blogroll and hope you add us to yours! Sincerely, Mr. Avery Reply Mike's Uncle Greg on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm I enjoyed reading thru your blog entries and seeing what your class has been doing. Mike’s Uncle Greg in California. Reply Mike K. on February 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm Dear uncle Greg, Thank You for writing on our blog. How is Max? How is California? How are you? From, Mike Reply Trey on February 11, 2011 at 7:13 am Dear Mr. Avery, Ben and Jenna did a great job! I am starting to get area. The video was very interesting. Sincerely, Trey Reply Elizabeth and Ivon on February 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm Hi! We’re from Mr. Miller’s class and we just wanted to say thank you for leaving a comment. Well, we really appreciate all your comments and keep commenting on the blog. Thank you. Reply Jenna K. on February 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm Dear Mr. Avery, I thought the video was fun to do in class. I was so nervous to do it and I thought it was fun in the end. I hope the video helped all of you. From, Jenna Reply Margie Amanda's Mom on February 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm Mr. Avery & class, I like your way of finding the area of a rectangle. Amanda’s grandfather was great at that. He could look at a room or a set of plans and give you the square footage by calculating it in his head. Good work kids. Margie, Amanda’s Mom Reply Mrs. Stanphill's Class on February 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm Dear Mr. Avery’s Class, We thought the video was very helpful to understand area, especially for irregular shapes. How did you get the idea to make a video for math? From, Mrs. Stanphill’s class Visiting the library with Mrs. Hembree Reply Mr. Avery on February 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm Mrs. Stanphill’s class, Thank you for watching our video! We’re really glad that you enjoyed it! In class, it’s been brought up that it’s sometimes easier to learn something by watching a video first. We decided that maybe we could help others learn by creating videos of concepts that we found somewhat difficult! As we continue on throughout the year, we’ll be creating more. We hope you’ll continue to come back and visit! Mr. Avery Reply Ben W. on February 18, 2011 at 6:39 am Dear Mr. Avery, I know that you can find the area of anything you want because everything has a length and a width. Sincerely, Ben W Reply Ariel D. on February 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm Dear Mr. Avery, Now I know a little bit more how to do area. Every time you do a video it helps a lot of people. Already 47 comments, your blog is very famous. From, Ariel Reply Ariel D. on March 11, 2011 at 8:56 am Dear Mr. Avery, Ben and Jenna did an amazing job. The way we make videos to help teach other people is really cool. From, Ariel:) Reply Natalie S. on March 27, 2011 at 10:54 am Dear Ariel, I totally agree! Jenna and Ben did an excellent job explaining the how to find area. They are pros at it. They taught me to find the perimeter and area in a better way. Keep up the good work! Sincerely, Natalie S. ♥ Reply Sue on May 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm Hi Jenny, The video helped me out a lot. I have a big maths test tomorrow and I am not looking forward to it. I live in London in Coventry. I really like your video. Thanks. Sue Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.