# Amateur Architect Fractions Project

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Amateur Architect is a hands-on math project that requires students to read directions and compute fraction operation problems. Students use the resulting measurements and a ruler to construct a house and garage. (See pictures below.) This is one of my all-time favorite math projects! It is a fantastic opportunity for students to use fractions in a real-life situation.

Math Content: Fraction Operations, Measuring and Constructing Drawings with a Ruler

Time Required: This project usually takes about 4-7 class periods, depending on whether or not the Ruler Skills worksheets are used and if you allow any part of the project (such as the final title and drawing) to be done at home.

Materials Needed: Rulers (class set), two transparencies, construction paper (optional)

Teacher Testimonial: This is one of my all-time favorite math projects. Amateur Architect was created over 10 years ago and has been used in the classroom many times by a number of teachers. Students combine their knowledge of fraction operations with the practical application of ruler measurement in order to create a house and garage. It has been amazing to see how many students did not previously know how to read a ruler or to construct and center objects accurately. The project also provides a real-life context for the use of fractions. The students enjoy the project and the finished projects make a great display for the classroom.

The Amateur Architect Project includes:
1 Amateur Architect project cover sheet
3 Ruler Skills worksheets (for optional preparation prior to the Amateur Architect project)
3 Ruler Skills worksheet answer keys
2 Amateur Architect project pages
1 Amateur Architect project Fraction Calculations worksheet
1 Amateur Architect project Fraction Calculations worksheet answer key
2 Amateur Architect Grading Templates (one with dimensions included)
1 Amateur Architect project Terms Transparency
2 Amateur Architect Teacher Tips pages
17 pages in all!!

VERY IMPORTANT: When printing Amateur Architect be sure that "NONE" is selected for Page Scaling in the Adobe Print Box. Otherwise, templates of the project and the lengths of the segments on the Ruler Skills pages will not be accurate.

Mark P. Tully

Teacher Feedback:

"I've taught for 30 years and this is the best project, using fractions, that I have ever used. The kids love it! I love it!"
-Judy Arlotti, Suzanne Middle School, Walnut, CA

"I recently bought your book of projects and I am in the process of doing the Amateur Architect with my class. I love it! The students have found it to be challenging and fun. The student discussion has been great. I can hear the math as they discuss how to figure out the dimensions."
-Cheryl Blum, Mandarin Middle School, Jacksonville, FL

"I just collected the Amateur Architects that I used with 7th math. Students really worked hard and were motivated. Again, I like the reinforcement and practical application of fractions. I think they may actually be able to measure with a ruler on their own....The teacher directions were perfect. I was able to follow your directions and feel successful at it the first time around."
-Linda Adrid, Suzanne Middle School, Walnut, CA

"My students loved working on the Amateur Architect project. The project allowed them to practice their fraction skills, collaborate with classmates and realize yet again how relevant math is in everyday life!"

-Bethany Korn, The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA
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shawmtn
I love this lesson and my 6th grade students are really enjoying it too, but I'm confused on the "Project Terms Transparency." The measurements are not the same as the ones on the "Grading Template." Am I missing something? I'm also curious if you have other projects similar to this. I have students requesting more. :)

Thank you very much,
Annette Shaw
February 28, 2013
Middle School Math  (TpT Seller)
Hi Annette,
The purpose of the "Project Terms Transparency" is to give students access to the vocabulary that they need for the project. For instance, when it says "the top of the house wall" in the directions students can look at the project terms sheet. The sheet does not give the real dimension answers. It also shows students how to correctly label the measurements on the project and reminds them which direction is length and which is width in this project. I usually give a copy to each student to keep in their project folder so that I don't have to project it all period long.

I have a number of other projects which you can either find on TPT at my Middle School Math store or by visiting my own website at www.DigitalLesson.com.

Thank you and I'm glad you're enjoying Amateur Architect.
Mark
March 1, 2013

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