How to find the area of shape by counting the squares (Year 6 maths)

How To Find The Area Of A Shape On Squared Paper

Area is the amount of space contained inside a 2D shape. If the shape is drawn accurately on squared paper, then all you need to do is count the amount of squares that are contained inside the shape. To keep track of how many squares you have counted try putting a dot inside each square (or put a number inside each square). Let’s take a look at some examples on working out areas of 2D shapes.

Example 1

Work out the area of this shape which is drawn on centimetre squared paper.

All you need to do is count the amount of squares inside the shape.

So the area of the shape is 15 cm².

Example 2

Work out the area of this shape which is drawn on centimetre squared paper.

Again, all you need to do is count the amount of squares inside the shape.

So the area of the shape is 35 cm².

Example 3

Work out the area of this shape which is drawn on centimetre squared paper.

Like the last two examples, all you need to do is count the amount of squares inside the shape.

However, the shape contains some half squares, but 2 of these can be put together to make a whole square.

First count the amount of full squares:

There are 11 full squares and 3 half squares.Two of these half squares can be put together to make a whole square and 1 half square is left over.

Therefore the total are of the shape is:

11 + 1 + ½ = 12 ½ cm²

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Smarty pants 3 years ago

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Smarty pants 3 years ago

It's very easy to calculate area just ask your teacher or parents if you don't understand


Hettie Marbles 4 years ago

How Do You Find Out Area Without Squares To Count?

Like On SATs You Will Get Shape That You Will Need To Find The Areas Of And You Don't Have Squares To Count With So What Do You Do?


punk3 4 years ago

can you please put a shape but that has only some parts in half and not a whole square.?

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