Using Area and Perimeter

to Design a Fun House

Introduction | Task | Process| Resources | Evaluation| Conclusion

Introduction:

Congratulations!  You have been selected to design a get-away house for you and a friend.  

The Task:

To get ready for this special assignment, you and your partner must be sure that you have the skills that you, the architects, will need. A solid understanding of area and perimeter is required. Once you show mastery through graph paper drawings, you will design and draw the floor plan for a small house. Then you will determine how much carpet you will need in two rooms and how much fencing you will need to go around your yard to make sure your dog doesn't get away while you are at school. Your final product will be a floor plan and a drawing of how your house will look from the front.

The Process:

At the computer:

Read all directions before you click.

Go to Area Explorer.
  1. Read everything CAREFULLY.
  2. Practice finding the area of several figures.
  3. Copy your favorite figure on graph paper. Tell the area and perimeter of the figure.  Don't forget the units on each.

Go to Perimeter Explorer

  1. Read everything CAREFULLY.
  2. Practice finding the area of several figures.
  3. Copy your favorite figure on graph paper. Tell the area and perimeter of the figure.  Don't forget the units on each.

As a final review, go to Math Goodies - Perimeter.

  1. Read carefully and do exercises 1-3.  (You may need to draw them on graph paper.) 
  2. Print page 2 to show your teacher the work sheet.

Now try Math Goodies - Area.

  1. Read carefully and do exercises 1-3.  (You may need to draw them on graph paper.) 
  2. Print page 2 to show your teacher the work sheet.

Congratulations! You are now a Licensed Fun House Architect! 

At home

In the classroom:

With your partner:

  1. Compare the measurements you gathered at home.
  2. Draw a house on 1cm graph paper. 
    Your house must have at least three rooms and a perimeter of at least 120 feet.
  3. Figure out how many square feet of carpet you will need for 2 rooms. 
    Show those measurements in the drawing of the room.
  4. Draw the fence around the yard.
    How much fencing will you need?  Include the unit.
  5. Draw the front view of your house.

Resources:

Area Explorer

Perimeter Explorer

Math Goodies - Perimeter.

Math Goodies - Area.

Evaluation:

Successful completion of all items on the check sheet will be used to evaluate this project.

Conclusion:

CONGRATULATIONS again! You have used your knowledge of measurement, area and perimeter to design a house.  You have also used your artistic ability to share it with your classmates.  Who knows? This may be the beginning of a new career.

Created and designed by Jean Moxley , Alamance Elementary, Guilford County Schools.

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