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Draw a parallelogram with a base of cm and a height of cm and show how to calculate its area.  

An example of a parallelogram is given below.
It is divided into triangles and a square.
You can use this strategy to find the area of a parallelogram.

A left leaning parallelogram, with line segments from bottom left vertex, perpendicular to top edge, and from top right vertex, perpendicular to bottom edge.