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Finding the Area of Composite Shapes

6.G.A.4
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Grade 6 Geometry - 6.G.A.4

How to Find the Area of Composite Shapes? Calculating the area of geometrical shapes is one of the most significant concepts in mathematics, as it is very frequently used in daily life. From calculating the area of the table for its cover to the sowing the garden, or at the time of purchasing a carpet for a room. Calculating the areas of straightforward shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles is very simple. In real life, you will have to deal with a lot of shapes that will not be regular polygons or straightforward shapes. It is due to this reason it is crucial to learn to calculate the area of composite shapes. A composite shape is the one that is made of several geometric shapes such as semi-circles, rectangles, squares, and triangles. Calculating area fir composite shapes might seem a bit complicated, but if you follow these simple steps, you do not have to worry about these area problems. Step 1: Separate the Shapes - The first step is to divide the shape into the shapes you identify. You can separate them. You need to be careful about the dimensions here. Step 2: Area of Separate Shapes - Now that you have separated the different figures with their dimensions, you can calculate the area of all these figures separately. Step 3: Sum of All Areas - After finding out the area for each figure, you need to sum all these together. The final answer will be the area of the composite figures.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons


This is a very diverse skill. I included some advanced work in here that includes the use of Pythagorean theorem for advanced students.




Practice sheets 2-5 are perfect aligned to the standards. Sheets 6-9 are for your more advanced students that have a good hold on geometry.

  • Practice Sheet 2 - A park has a beautiful green grass bed in the center. Find the area of its green grass bed.

  • Practice Sheet 3 - Find the area of the yellow shaded complex shape. All the squares are 1cm by 1cm.

  • Practice Sheet 4 - Find the total area of the compound shape below.

  • Practice Sheet 5 - Find the area of the shaded region of the figure below.

  • Practice Sheet 6 - A circular shaped garden with a radius of 10m is full of green grass, except a square concrete platform with side lengths of 4m. Find the area of the land covered by grass.

  • Practice Sheet 7 - Find the area of the portion of a basketball court shown in the figure below.

  • Practice Sheet 8 - A 100 m long and 70 m wide rectangular park has an inner walking path that is 5 m wide around the park. What is the area of the walking path?

  • Practice Sheet 9 - A circular green grass garden is surrounded by a walking path as shown in the figure. What is the area of the walking path?



How Does This Skill Relate to The Real World?

Just about any form of construction requires this skill. It does not matter if you are constructing a building from scratch or just changing the carpet in one of your rooms. Carpenters and foremen use this skill almost every single hour. This is because the architecture of most structures is not formed as perfect squares. In order to determine how much material you will need to complete a project that has any other shape then a square, takes some quick thinking and planning. It is best to size up the shapes into definable areas for yourself. Once you have them formed into digestible areas, you can then authenticate the values. In the United States, we are focused on the square footage of the areas we will work on. This will dictate the costs associated with materials and the amount of time a project would take to complete.