Area of Parallelograms and Trapezoids
Warm Up Activity:
First count all the diamond shapes in this design.
Then count all the triangles.
- The class will divide into three groups. The third group
will consist of the students who have already mastered the unit and should
be assigned the optional activity.
- The two groups of students who have not mastered the
objectives will derive the areas of parallelograms and trapezoids based
on their knowledge of the are of triangles and rectangles. Each group will
be given an overhead to show their discoveries.
- Click here for GSP sketches that might help.
- The groups will present in the following order:
- areas of parallelograms
- areas of trapezoids
- unknown height (today's optional activity)
- other ways to find the area of a triangle (day 2's optional
- At the close of class the exact formulas for the area
of parallelograms, trapezoids, triangles, and rectangles will be reviewed.
Optional Activity :
This is the third group which is made up of students who
have already mastered today's objectives determined by the pre-test. This
group will answer the question of what if you don't know the height of a
parallelogram or trapezoid. They will also prepare an overhead for demonstration
for the class.
(for students who may have already mastered