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House Construction and Area

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Art and Design

Math & Economics

Technology

During this lesson students will design their own floor plan and then use this floor plan to create their house within a Minecraft world.

avatar Submitted By: Michael Scorer

June 8, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

OneNote screenshot with floorplans


Floorplans and info within OneNote. This was a great was for students to always have access to information. Tasks and questions documented in OneNote.

Minecraft and Algebra Problem


An extra task using Minecraft to solve a great problem!

Learning Objectives

  • Establish the relationship between the lengths, widths and areas of rectangles (including squares).
  • Record, using words, the method for finding the area of any rectangle, eg 'Area of rectangle = length × width'.
  • Recognise that rectangles with the same area may have different dimensions (Reasoning).
  • Solve a variety of problems involving the areas of rectangles (including squares) and triangles.
  • Communicates confidently in a variety of situations.
  • makes informed decisions and accepts responsibility for consequences.
  • Acts in a way that enhances contributions of self and others in a range of cooperative situations.
  • Suggests, considers and selects appropriate alternatives when resolving problems.

Guiding Ideas

Recognise the need for a formal unit larger than the square centimetre to measure area.

Where are square metres are used for measuring in everyday situations? eg floor coverings (Communicating, Problem Solving) .

Record areas in square metres using words and the abbreviation for square metres (m2), eg 6 square metres, 6 m2.

Discuss strategies used to estimate area in square metres, eg visualising repeated units (Communicating, Problem Solving)

 

Student Activities

Background Info

1. Teacher to lead discussion in relation to measuring larger areas. Draw reference to prior learning, i.e. using square centimetres to measure area of school books, pencil cases etc. Establish that a larger unit of measurement would be required to measure the area of the classroom. If necessary have a students place 1cm squares on the floor and ask them if this would be an efficient measurement strategy!

2. Introduce/revise the square metre as a unit of measurement. Establish that the area of the classroom could be measured using square metres.

3. Inform the students that they will be designing and then constructing their own house using Minecraft Education Edition. Provide students with the opportunity to view many floorplans online. These sites may be helpful - https://hotondo.com.au/new-home-designs/airlie-220/  http://www.gjgardner.com.au/offices/south-australia/house-designs/coolum-247-estate-12636.aspx

4. Provide students with some 1cm grid paper to design their own floor plan (all rooms to be square or rectangular in shape). Inform them that each 1cm square will be scaled to one metre square (1 Minecraft block) when built.

5. Begin constructing house in Minecraft by first laying the foundation. After this have the student build all exterior walls and interior walls to one Minecraft brick in height. This is an ideal time to remind the students to cross-reference their design with the beginning of their build.

6. Students then complete construction of their house. Each student had the option to make their house as high as they wanted to.

7. Following the completion of their house the students were required to answer the following questions -

a) What is the area of each individual room in your house?

b) What is the total area of your house?

c) If flooring costs $? per square metre, what would it cost you to cover each room?

d) What is the total cost of flooring for your house?

The following questions were answered in a Class OneNote and signs were also placed in their house to communicate this information.

After this the students were able to become interior designers and decorate their house!

 

 

Performance Expectations

1. Work individually or within a group of no more than 4 to design, construct and then answer all questions related to this learning activity.

2. Clearly establish rules, roles and responsibilities within your group. Who is responsible for building what? All communication to be constructive.

3. Stay on task at all times ...... never an issue, the students love this task.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Supporting Files

OneNote screenshot with floorplans


Floorplans and info within OneNote. This was a great was for students to always have access to information. Tasks and questions documented in OneNote.

Minecraft and Algebra Problem


An extra task using Minecraft to solve a great problem!