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Home Sweet (Tiny) Home

Photo of a tiny house in the woods
Floor plan design for a house
Interior layout of a living room in a house

This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering geometry and measurement - specifically scale drawings, area and perimeter, and graphing. It is designed to reinforce core math subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

Grades
5
6
7

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson on geometry or measurement for grades 5-7 Math by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and 21st Century Skills.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will design and draw a floor plan for a tiny house using a scale drawing, and prepare a presentation of their floor plan for the rest of the class.

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • A basic understanding of geometry
  • A basic understanding of 2D and 3D shapes
  • A basic understanding of measurement and units of measurement
  • A basic understanding of area and perimeter

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minutes periods of instruction. If a more focused lesson is appropriate, select the 3-day Short Lesson. The Concept Check version provides activities which reinforce the core math concepts.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES AND MATERIALS (suggested):

  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Google Slides, or other presentation software.
  • Tracing paper, 1/4" graph paper, colored pencils, ruler

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following CCSS curriculum standards:

  • CCSS. Math.Content.6.G.A1: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume
  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.A1 & A2: Draw construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them
  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.B6: Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume
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