This instructional mathematics contains a task aligned to the Common Core standards and additional supports for diverse learners. The task is embedded in a 4-5 week unit on understanding concepts of area and relating area to multiplication and addition. Students extend their knowledge about area defined as counting the same size squares in a rectilinear array partitioned into rows and columns. In this unit, students are introduced to the concept of unit-square as an area of measurement. Students then explore the concept of area using operations of both multiplication and addition in real-world problems and hands-on gardening activities.