Area and Perimeter Fun!

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Introduction

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

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 classwork and homework, 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.

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 the review lessons carefully. Make sure you remember and review how to solve for perimeter. Sometimes, you need to work backwards. Hint: I give you the perimeter and you find the length of the side(s). 

Now try Math Goodies - Area.

  1. Read the review lessons carefully. Make sure you remember and review how to solve for area. Sometimes, you need to work backwards. Hint: I give you area and you find the length of the side(s). 

Congratulations! You are now a Licensed Fun House Architect! 

At home

  • Measure the length and width of  your bedroom and one other room in feet so that you will know what a normal room size is.  The rooms you draw will be smaller.

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.

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. I am proud of your hard work! Let's display your work for our classmates to see.

Teacher's Page

I enjoyed making this WebQuest. There are many great ideas out there for educators to use. I did not create this idea, I merely tweaked the activity to fit the needs of my students.

 

I hope they enjoyed this PBL activity!