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Finding the area of compound shapes


Find the area of compound shapes based on rectangles on a grid. Explore how the formula works for finding a rectangle's area. First, estimate the area of a compound shape based on rectangles on a grid. Second, work out the correct formula for finding area by placing rows and columns of squares inside two rectangles. Then, compare the actual area of the original shape with your first estimate. Practise applying the formula directly to a range of compound shapes based on rectangles. This learning object is the last in a series of two objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Educational details

Educational value
  • Encourages students to estimate the area of a selection of compound shapes (made up of two rectangles) drawn on a grid.
  • Relates the counting of squares in rows and columns to the area of a rectangle rule.
  • Provides opportunities for students to practise multiplication facts and addition.
  • Provides immediate feedback and helpful hints to students, where necessary.
  • Alerts students to the accuracy of their estimation.
Year level


Learning area
  • Mathematics

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