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Measure and design! Determine the perimeter of a space and create a map of your favorite room.
Ask students to identify their favorite rooms in a house or other structure. If you prefer, the selection can be restricted to rooms in the school.
Instruct students to measure the perimeter of their selected rooms.
Give each student a piece of large white paper, Crayola® Classic Crayons, and a ruler. Ask students to draw the perimeter of their rooms using a scale of 1 inch (2.54 cm) equal to 1 foot (30.48 cm). Therefore, a room with a perimeter of 14’ by 8’ (4.27m by 2.44m) would be 14” by 8” (35.56cm by 20.32cm).
Instruct the students to write the perimeter lengths on the drawing.
Ask the students to draw the furniture, windows, and doors as close to scale as possible based on the size of their rooms.
Remind students to create a legend of objects in their rooms.
Once a student’s work is complete, ask him to find a partner and pose these questions: Approximately what percentage of the room is filled with objects? Can you find a way to organize the objects to create more space? Encourage students to discuss the possibilities!
Explore proportion and geometry! Create a vibrant watercolor of your bedroom.
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