This mini-project is a great way to have students apply knowledge of area and perimeter in a real-world example. Students are given a layout of a house with several rooms and a front yard. They are asked to find the area of the rooms, and the area and perimeter of the yard. Also provided is a "catalog" of different types of floors, fences and grass along with prices. The students must determine how much it will cost them to fence the yard, plant the grass and put new floors in their home.
As a bonus, students could be given a budget and have to be able to stay within their allotment.