This unit contains EVERYTHING needed to teach and for students to draw a very professional looking home floor plan. You will teach area in such a meaningful way way with a real world example.
Each student will create a floor plan that (if one follows the enclosed guidelines) is unique and no two will be exactly alike!
This unit even contains graph paper to copy / print if you don't want to track/purchase the small blue square lined stuff. You're ready to go with this unit and some pencils!
This unit is fun and easy because it breaks down building a house into very discreet steps BUT gives students leeway regarding room sizes and positions (within strict limits noted in the unit for EASY success and completion).
Students use a ruler and create a house labeled with kitchen, dining room, master bedroom, two other bedrooms, two bathrooms, family and or living room and entry hall and nearly all are unique (i.e. They rarely just copy the teacher example.) Each room is named and its square footage listed below as shown in the preview & thumbnails complete with 3 foot scale halls and doors.
As a bonus unit many students really enjoy buying a variety of made up flooring products within a $10,000 budget (e.g. Classee Tile, Executive Real Wood v. Fako Brand Wood etc.) There is a worksheet provided to help calculate and subtract to keep track of monies "spent". (More students really enjoy this extension and enjoy flooring the house while staying under budget.)
It makes a GREAT open house project. It's also just a really fun unit to do and teach area.
This unit, besides being fun and worthwhile makes a very impressive open house unit. Put all the various floor plans onto to a long sheet of green butcher paper (to suggest lawn). Perhaps posting their flooring budget work beside their home.
This PDF file contains:
1. Specific Teacher to Student Instructions including the limits that make it all work perfectly.
2. A sample house with each room from start to finish for overhead or other projection technology.
3. List of flooring materials and cost per square foot.
4. Worksheet to help students with calculations.
5. A blank for you to demonstrate variations to students see the many other possible designs.
6. A page with suggestions and tips on avoiding certain predictable pitfalls and common student errors observed when I taught and created this unit.
Two weeks is the MAXIMUM (at 20 to 30 minutes a day) estimate of time required. Once students "get the hang of it" (drawing individual rooms you can speed up instruction.
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House Floor Plan Unit by Scott A. Beatty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License