Find the area of the shape.
We know that area is measured in square units. And that means we can count all the shaded squares to find the total area: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12.
Notice that there were four colored spaces we didn’t count. That’s because each of these is only half of a square. We combine these two halves and then they can count as a whole space. Together, these two half squares become the 13th square. And on the bottom, the two halves become the 14th square. That means the area of this shape is 14 square units.