# Explain how to calculate the area of a parallelogram

I can recall and explain how to calculate the area of a parallelogram.

# Explain how to calculate the area of a parallelogram

I can recall and explain how to calculate the area of a parallelogram.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- The area of a parallelogram is equal to the area of the rectangle created by rearranging the parts.
- Any parallelogram has a base and a perpendicular height.
- The area of a parallelogram is equal to its base multiplied by its perpendicular height.

### Common misconception

Pupils might believe the perpendicular height of any parallelogram to be one of its side lengths. This is only true of a rectangle.

Take time to exemplify perpendicular height with a focus on the right angle created. Make use of examples within the lesson and include additional unusual parallelograms to secure understanding.

### Keywords

Perpendicular - Two lines are perpendicular if they meet at a right angle.

Parallelogram - A parallelogram is a quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel and equal sides.

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