Grade 6 / Measurement: Area

What You Learned

Learning Goal

I can build parallelograms, triangles, rectangles, and squares with any reasonable area that I am given.


Lesson Summary

You can build different kinds of shapes with a specific area.


No matter what the area is, you can follow the same steps to build a shape.


The product of the base and height is the area of a parallelogram, including a rectangle and a square, but it is twice the area of a triangle.


Area = base × height

Area = 36 cm2


Area = base × height

Area = 36 cm2


Area = base × height

Area = 36 cm2


Area = base × height ÷ 2

Area = 36 cm2



Key Terms

area: the amount of space in a 2-D shape; the number of 2-D units that will cover this space


parallelogram: a quadrilateral that has two pairs of parallel and equal sides


rectangle: a parallelogram with four right angles


square: a rectangle with four equal sides; also a rhombus with four right angles