Area of Compound Shapes

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Scholars learn how to determine the area of compound shapes by finding the areas of the basic shapes that make it up. Pupils find the areas by adding areas together or subtracting them.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create compound areas that can be found by either subtracting or adding areas
  • Have the class watch the video as homework and do the problems in class
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should know how to calculate the area of rectangles and triangles
Pros

  • Includes calculated measurements in the answer key
  • Shows how compound shapes can be split into basic shapes
Cons

  • One of the shapes in the video is impossible using the lengths given
Common Core