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Chapter 8 -Designing a Get-away retreat

INTRODUCTION

You have been hired to design a get-away retreat for your boss. You must follow her very specific requirements to keep her happy!

 

THE TASK

To get ready for this special assignment, you need a solid understanding of area and perimeter is required. Once you show mastery through grid paper drawings, you will design and draw the floor plan for your boss' house.

You must follow specific plans that she wants to see in her home. Be sure to consider the lay-out of a house and where you will place everything.

Your final product will be a floor plan and a drawing of how the house will look from the front.

 

THE PROCESS

You will sharpen your skills as an architect by practising on the following websites. You boss does not want you practising on her house. She wants you to be a fully trained architect first!

  1. Go to the Area Explorer and Perimeter Explorer websites. Read the instructions carefully and practice finding the area of ten different figures. Copy your favourite figure onto grid paper, including the area and perimeter with the correct units for both.
  2. As a final review, go to the Math Goodies - Area and Math Goodies - Perimeter   websites. Read the instructions carefully and complete exercises 1-3 on both sites. You may need to use pencil and grid paper. Print out page 2 of both activities to show your teacher.
  3. Read through the Letter from your boss to get a good idea of all of the requirements of her house. Use the grid paper supplied in the floorplan worksheet to create her floor plan, making sure you include everything she askes for.
  4. Once you have finished the floor plan, draw a picture of the front of the home. Write a letter to your boss explaining the area and perimeter of each room and explain your design in detail. Submit your work for her approval.

 

RESOURCES

Websites:

Area Explorer

Perimeter Explorer
Math Goodies - Area

Math Goodies - Perimeter

Files:

Letter from your boss

Floor plan

Materials:

paper

pencil

grid paper

 

ASSESSMENT

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Problem Solving - The House Design The student did not choose an appropriate design for this task. The student chose an appropriate design for this task with assistance. The student chose an appropriate design for this task. The student chose an extremely appropriate design for this task.
Application of Procedures:
Finding the Perimeter and Area of Each Room
The student made major errors and/or omissions when he/she found the perimeter and area of each room. The student made several errors and/or omissions when he/she found the perimeter and area of each room. The student made only a few minor errors and/or omissions when he/she found the perimeter and area of each room. The student made almost no errors when he/she found the perimeter and area of each room.
Communication - Letter to the Boss The student’s explanations were incomplete or inaccurate.
The student used very few math words, numbers and diagrams.
The student gave partial explanations.
The student used simple words, numbers and diagrams.
The student gave complete, clear and logical explanations.
The student used appropriate math words, numbers and diagrams.
The student gave thorough, complete and insightful explanations.
The student used a range of math words, numbers and diagrams.

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