Composite Figures Take Shape at Rye Neck Middle School

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Sixth-graders at Rye Neck Middle School, who have been studying 2D and 3D geometry in their math classes, recently put their skills to the test to calculate the area of composite figures.

Equipped with colored pencils, markers, rulers and large pieces of grid paper, the students worked in pairs to construct a composite figure. Then, they divided it into several simple geometric shapes, such as rectangles, triangles and trapezoids, and calculated the area of each shape. Next, they added the areas together to find the total area of the composite figure. 

“This cooperative learning project gave students an opportunity to problem-solve together and create a joint product that they were all so proud of,” math teacher Melissa Bottiglieri said. “They were able to add color and their own personal touch once they did the ‘math part.’”