# Area of parallelograms

CCSS Math: 6.G.A.1

## Intuition for why the area of a parallelogram is $A=bh$

The formula for the area of a parallelogram is base times height, just like the formula for the area of a rectangle.

*But wait! Why are the formulas the same?*To see, move the dot right:

Genius! You made the parallelogram into a rectangle.

**Key intuition:**Every parallelogram can be made into a rectangle, which is why we use the same formula to find the area of a parallelogram and a rectangle.