Grade 4

Read the Headline Story to the students. Encourage them to make interesting statements using information from the story.

Our class invited 58 third graders to a play. We arranged the room to provide lots of room in front for the actors, and lots for the audience. The classroom is 30 feet by 25 feet. We had 30 chairs that are each 18 inches wide.

- To fit an entire class of actors, the performance space should be about half the classroom. So, the “stage” could be about 30-by-12 feet or 25-by-15 feet.
- The area of the stage could be about 350 square feet. If we left a small gap between the stage and the audience, there would be enough room to put a row or two of chairs fairly close together, and still leave floor space where the rest of the kids could sit. If each chair takes up about a 2-by-3 foot space, there would be room for almost 60 chairs in 350 square feet. That would mean that there should be room for 30 chairs and for the remaining 28 kids to sit on the floor.

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