This works through area of a parallelogram and then uses this to find the area of a trapezium. I normally use the parallelogram animation a few times as it always seems to get a cheer. For the trapezium, students cut out their own trapezium from one piece of paper and then make an identical one from the other piece they have. By rotating this second and putting it next to the first they should have a parallelogram. You can run through this on the board using your own trapezia and then summarise the formula with the class.


  • parallelograms handout neat.pdf
  • powerpoint.ppt

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Created: Apr 1, 2013

Updated: Jan 20, 2015

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  • 3
    user avatarangellopon24 days agoreport

    Good amount of questions, but very similar shapes. Thank you for sharing.

  • 5

    Great animation - thank you for sharing

  • 5
    user avatarskaniarua year agoreport

    An excellent resource. Thank you.

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    user avatarpandell2 years agoreport

    Exactly what I needed! Thanks so much for sharing!