When you are tired of having students draw his or her "Dream House" or create scale drawings of their bedrooms, it is time to try a project that creates a felt-need in our students. Instructional methods are changing and our classrooms are not keeping up. Our administrators expect differentiation, technology, learner-centered lessons and over-reaching projects, but we still have rows of desks in front of us that look similar to those in the 1950's.
This project kit includes:
- A 15 page .pdf file with Teacher Implementation Directions, A Student
Project Overview Page, Hard Copies of the "Design Research Form"
and the "Design Measurements Form," The Classroom Design Team
Group Contract, The Project Rubric, and The Project Reflection Sheet."
- A 13 Slide SMART Notebook file with copies of all project parts for
display at the front of your class on your SMART Board as well as pages
for creating project groups, showing the introductory video and links to
the video as well as links to the digital copies of the two forms.
- Links to the Google Drive location of The Design Research Form and
the Design Measurements Form. I had my students save copies of these
forms into their own Google Drive and edit them to their liking.
My 7th grade honors students completed this project as part of the Ratio and Proportion Unit. It made sense to me to infuse the geometry standard for scale drawings and models with the proportional reasoning work. Some of the students made blueprints, some made diorama-style models and a few even used 3-D applications like "Co-Spaces" to create virtual scale models.
I shared the completed projects with my administrators and our school board. View the preview file to see what our District Superintendent had to say in his blog about the project.