Mathematics / Year 4 / Measurement and Geometry / Shape

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Compare the areas of regular and irregular shapes by informal means (ACMMG087)

  • comparing areas using metric units, such as counting the number of square centimetres required to cover two areas by overlaying the areas with a grid of centimetre squares
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  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Area,  Irregular polygons

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: Expanded Square

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Sites2See – measurement for primary

Selected links to a range of interactive and print resources for Measurement topics in K-6 Mathematics.