Draws and counts some, but not all, rows as rows. May make several rows and then revert to making individual squares but aligns them in columns. Does not coordinate the width and height. In measurement contexts, does not necessarily use the dimensions of the rectangle to constrain the unit size.
Help your student become a(n) Initial Composite Structurer
Activities require children to understand that multiplying the length and width (linear measures) of a rectangular region yields a 2-dimensional area measure because it calculates how many in each row and how many rows.