Mathematics / Year 4 / Measurement and Geometry / Shape

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

Elaborations
  • 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
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Area,  Irregular polygons

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