Over the first few weeks of this term our class has been working hard both at school and home to create our very own dream house each.
The task was to:
- Use a ruler to design the house of your dreams including 3 bedrooms, living area, kitchen, bathroom, garage, patio and a room of your choice.
- Use an appropriate scale to draw your house eg: 1cm = 1m
- Include all windows and doors.
- Calculate the perimeter and area of each room
- Calculate the perimeter and area of the entire house
- Design a fence for your house and calculate the perimeter of it.
- Extension: use the flooring catalogues provided to calculate the cost to floor particular rooms in your house.
Everyone was really excited to have the opportunity to design their own house as we were able to use our imaginations to create some spectacular houses and interesting rooms.
When calculating the perimeter of each room we needed to make sure that we measured each wall of the room accurately to then add these together. This was challenging for some of us who had irregular shaped rooms. We then had to make sure that we showed our working out and included the correct units of measurement in our answer
When calculating the area of each room some of us decided to use the grid paper to count all the squares in each room. This worked well when we had irregular shaped rooms. If we had a rectangular or a square shaped room we were able to use the formula A=Length x Width to calculate the answer. We also had to show our working out and use the correct units of measurement.
The challenging parts where calculating the perimeter and area of the entire house. When calculating the perimeter of the entire house we had to add all the outside walls together (the boundary) to find the answer. If we had a large house this required a lot of concentration. Some of us decided to add all the numbers together which made for a very large addition sum, whilst others decided to break up the addition sum into smaller ones and slowly add each answer together. We were able to use a calculator to check our answers. To calculate the area we could simply add the area of all the rooms in our house to find the total. Sometimes this meant adding quite large numbers and it really allowed us to practice our addition skills that we learnt earlier in the year.
When we finished we were able to colour in our house and they are now on display for everyone to see. Everyone did a wonderful job and it was a lot of fun!
What did you enjoy most about the Dream House Assignment?
What did you find the most challenging to calculate and why?
What else would have you liked to have done or investigated in this assignment?