Area of a Compound Shape
Our free worksheet, Area of a Compound Shape, is a fantastic resource for Year 3 and Year 4 students learning about area measurement in their math lessons. This worksheet introduces students to compound shapes, which are shapes made up of two or more simple shapes combined. Understanding how to calculate the area of such shapes is an essential skill, and this worksheet provides a structured and supportive approach to help students grasp this concept.
What’s Inside the Worksheet?
The worksheet consists of 9 compound shapes spread across four different pages, each with varying levels of scaffolding to guide students through the process of calculating area.

Page 1: Counting Squares

On the first page, students are introduced to the shapes on a grid with visible grid lines running through them. This allows students to simply count the squares inside each shape to determine its area, making it an ideal starting point for those new to the concept of compound shapes.


Page 2: Grid Without Internal Lines

The second page still features the shapes on a grid, but the internal lines within the shapes have been removed. Students will need to use the grid around the shape to estimate the length of each side, requiring a slightly more advanced understanding of area calculation.


Page 3: Formal Measurement Units with Light Separation

By the third page, all grid lines are removed, and instead, formal units of measurement are provided on each edge of the shape. A light line still separates the two simpler shapes that make up the compound shape, giving students a hint on how to split the shape for easier calculation.


Page 4: Advanced Calculation Without Support

The final page challenges students to calculate the area without any grid lines or separation lines between the shapes. Only the formal units of measurement along each edge are provided, requiring students to apply their knowledge to find the area independently.

Why This Worksheet is a MustHave
This worksheet is an excellent tool for gradually building confidence in measuring the area of compound shapes. The stepbystep progression across the four pages allows students to start with basic counting and gradually move towards more complex calculations. By the time they reach the last page, students should feel confident in their ability to calculate the area of compound shapes, even without any visual aids or scaffolding.
How to Use the Worksheet in the Classroom
This worksheet is versatile and can be used in various ways in the classroom:

Independent Practice: Students can work through the pages at their own pace, starting with the simplest tasks and progressing to more challenging ones.

Guided Group Work: Teachers can use the worksheet as part of a guided lesson on area, helping students to understand the steps involved in calculating the area of compound shapes.

Assessment: The worksheet can also serve as an informal assessment tool, allowing teachers to gauge each student’s understanding of area measurement.
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