The Area of Parallelograms Through Rectangle Facts

Slide a portion of a parallelogram to make a rectangle. Pupils cut parallelograms and create rectangles from the pieces. They make the connections to the areas of the figures and realize that the formula for area is the same for both figures. 

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have individuals draw several parallelograms and check whether each can be turned into a rectangle
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should be familiar with the classifications of quadrilaterals
  • Scholars should know the formula to find the area of a rectangle
  • The the opening lesson in a series of 22
Pros
  • Includes a section to practice the multiplication of fractions to gain fluency
  • Contains scaffolding hints throughout the lesson
Cons
  • None
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