Unit 9 Section 1 : Area

The easiest method to find an area of a shape, particularly if it is a simple shape made up of straight lines, is to count the squares inside it.

Example Question 1

Look at the shapes below:
Practice Questions
Work out the area (in square units) of each of the shapes on the left then click on the button marked Click on this button below to see the correct answer to see whether you are correct.


Example Question 2

Look at the curved shape below.

Estimate the area of the shape. Some of the squares have been numbered to help you.

There are 4 complete squares (labelled 1, 2, 3 and 4). Regions 5 and 6 together make up about 1 squares, as do regions 7 and 8. So we have another 3 squares giving a total of 7 square units (plus a little bit more!).

We often have to use this type of estimation when working with curved shapes.



Work out the answers to the questions below and fill in the boxes. Click on the Click this button to see if you are correct button to find out whether you have answered correctly. If you are right then will appear and you should move on to the next question. If appears then your answer is wrong. Click on to clear your original answer and have another go. If you can't work out the right answer then click on Click on this button to see the correct answer to see the answer.

Question 1
Look at the circle below. Count squares to estimate its area.
What is the area of the circle?
The computer will allow a small amount of error.

square units

Question 2
Find the areas of these shapes by counting squares.

(a) square units
(b) square units
(c) square units
(d) square units

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