A lot of the time, it's difficult to incorporate hands-on activities into math classes. This lab provides a great way for middle school students to apply their knowledge of unit conversions to a real-world application: house square footage and floor plans. First, students will find the dimensions of each room in their house using only their feet. Then, they will convert their measurements into actual feet. They will use this information to find the area of each room and create a floor plan using a web-based design software.
This activity is meant as a take-home project because it requires students to walk around their own houses to collect data. However, if you would rather have students complete the project during the school day, they can instead create a floor plan of the school (or at least a part of the school!).
This lab is great (and cheap!) for homeschooled students because the only materials required are a ruler, a calculator, and internet access.
The package includes:
1. A concept review of dimensional analysis.
2. A pre-lab practice worksheet that allows students to apply their knowledge to problems similar to those that they will encounter during the lab.
3. A materials list and a step-by-step procedure.
4. A data sheet to record measurements.
5. A "Calculations" page to convert units and calculate room areas.
6. A "Results and Discussion" worksheet with both reflective and critical thinking questions about the lab.
7. "Standards Alignment" pages that highlight the Common Core, NGSS and ITEEA standards that apply to the lab.
8. A sample answer key and a sample grading rubric. NOTE: The answer key was created using an older version of the lab but the questions and answers are all accurate. The grading rubric assumes that students were not required to write a lab report as part of this activity.
9. A font agreement from Kevin Richey, creator of the "mostly mono" font used in the documents.
Enjoy my floor plan lab and please keep my store in mind for other hands-on STEM experiments!