6, Lesson 5, Unit 5, Grade 6, EngageNY icon
Instructional Activity

Example 3: Decomposing Trapezoids

Lesson 5. Unit 5. Grade 6 EngageNY

EngageNY10 min(s)

This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 5, Unit 5, Grade 6. Drawing one of the diagonals in a trapezoid separates the figure into two non-congruent triangles. Note that the height of these triangles is the same if the two bases of the trapezoid are used as bases of the triangles. If students want to consider the area of the rectangle around the trapezoid, two exterior right triangles should be formed.

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