In this highly engaging homework project, students use Minecraft to design structures to complete their mission. The project contains six mission options and students choose 3 to complete. An example mission is, "Create a house with a width of 5 blocks and an area of 30 sq. blocks." After completing their missions they share their work on a homemade book, poster or PowerPoint. For students without access to Minecraft there are options to build the structures with Legos or just design on graph paper. A student friendly rubric is included and the file is EDITABLE in Word.
Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.
Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).
Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.