Area Model

My Definition

Key Characteristics

The following are true of an area model:

  • An area model is a rectangular diagram.

  • An area model is a continuous model. Adjacent regions share a side.

  • An area model is a visual representation of the multiplication and division of whole numbers, real numbers, and polynomials.

  • An area model can be used as a pictorial model of the distributive property.


Use the link below to further study examples of an area model.

Area Model Activity

Video Transcript (PDF)


Number line showing jumps to 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18.

Repeated addition on a number line to represent 6 x 3 is not an area model.

TEKS: 3(3)(G), 3(4)(E), 3(4)(K), 4(4)(C), 4(4)(E), 5(3)(D), 5(3)(F), 5(3)(I), 5(3)(J)