Did you know that Russia is the largest country in the world with an area of 17 098 242 km²? That’s 11% of earth’s total landmass. In comparison.
Investigating the area of countries is a great way to explore not only area but the use of very large numbers in a real life context.You can make a list of the TOP 10 largest countries or even the Top 10 smallest countries. What do these areas look like when compared with each other? For example, The area of Australia is 7 692 024 km², making us the 6th largest country. Australia is a bit less than half the size of Russia. But the area of Brazil is 8 515 767 km² so that makes it almost exactly half the size of Russia.
If you haven’t already discovered it, WORLDOMETER is a brilliant site packed with mathematical information, especially for your Stage 3 students.
And of course you can explore further AREA ideas in our Maths Matters Resources here.