Pezzettino by Leo Lionni is a great introduction to the concept of area as how many small squares cover a surface. In this book, small squares are used to create the characters.
- After reading the book, have students use color tiles or paper squares to first estimate how many squares will cover an object then actually use the squares to measure the object.
- Students can also create their own Pezzettino characters using colored construction paper squares. The class discussion should focus on comparing the "sizes" of these Pezzettino characters based on their area or the number of squares used to construct each character.