1. Identify the properties of the polygon
~does the polygon have parallel sides? If so, how many?
~how many sides does the polygon have?
~does the polygon have any right angles?
2. Separate polygon into the fewest number of rectangles/squares and triangles as possible
~create and label right angles
3. Find the area of each of the separate pieces using our formulas for rectangles and triangles
Triangle area = (L x W)/2
Rectangle area = L x W