Instructional Activity# Finding the Formula for Area of a Triangle

Lesson 9. Unit 1. Grade 6 Open Up Resources

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This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 9, Unit 1, Grade 6. This task culminates in writing a formula for the area of triangles. By now students are likely to have developed the intuition that the area of a triangle is half of that of a parallelogram with the same base and height. This activity encapsulates that work in an algebraic expression. Students first find the areas of several triangles given base and height measurements. They then generalize the numerical work to arrive at an expression for finding the area of any triangle.