Students will create a scale drawing of their classroom using graph paper. They will measure the classroom, convert their measurements and them graph them accordingly. They will graph the outer walls, as well as any furniture inside the classroom.
Take the basic math word problem and have the students think about it more than just the basic solve. Have them walk through the process of solving the problem in 4 simple steps - having them do each step separately and recording the information at
Have students expand that word problem and actually think about what they are doing and how they are solving. This activity has them solve a word problem while breaking it into parts and thinking about what they are looking for at each step.