Fifth graders in Mrs. Osborne's math class recently finished studying area and perimeter of rectangles, squares, triangles, and parallelograms. The unit concluded with a tiny house project. "Tiny houses" are typically homes with less than 400 square feet of space. Students were given the challenging task of creating not only such a house but one that also met certain requirements (such as windows, lights, a front door, artwork, a mirror, a bed, table, counter, refrigerator, and more). Before jumping straight to building their model, they had to draft a blueprint of their house and create a sensible layout.
Then, students began adding color and detail to their house by creating a 2-D final draft. Finally, students had to find and record the area and perimeter of all the required items in their houses, from the roof to the stove and design the exterior details before assembling their houses in 3-D. Students then discussed their favorite aspects of the project, the challenges they faced, and things that surprised them throughout the process. Students continued enhancing their houses by adding other items not on their required list. (Extra credit? Students who finished early helped establish two towns for our showcase and took a census to determine each town's population.) Parents and friends were invited to come see the astonishing work that went into these mini marvels of architecture and design—not to mention math!
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