Need help solidifying a math project

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  1. Shanoo

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    Ok, so I have one week before winter break and I thought of giving my Grade 8s a project to do, but I'm having difficulty fleshing it out.

    We've been working on the optimization of perimeter and area. I thought of giving them a project where they have to create their dream home. I was thinking of giving them a set area of land that they could use, and then a set area for their house and they had to create it from there with certain parameters (they need to have at least the basic rooms of a house - kitchen, bathroom, livingroom and bedroom) and they need to have a backyard.

    I was thinking of working in costs so that they would have to find the greatest area possible, with the smallest perimeter (fencing, for example, or a specific cost per meter to erect walls).

    Does that sound in the least bit ok, or should I scrape it and find something else?
     
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    We do something like this with our seventh graders. We have them include a circular pool and at least one room not shaped like a rectangle.
     
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    It sounds like a lot.

    We have our sophomores do a single room, complete with furnishings, paint and wall coverings. I just PM'd you the rubric we use. They can choose any room, and they always get a huge kick out of the project.

    The area/perimeter thing sounds confusing until ONE kid realizes the figure is a square. Then it's easy for everyone.

    For what it's worth, the IKEA site is great for furnishings, since it includes the measurements of each piece of furniture.
     
  5. Shanoo

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    Thanks, Alice! That really helps!
     
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    I just found the actual project, and PM'd it to you as well.
     
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    Aliceacc, can you pm the project to me as well? I am in the process of trying to develop a project like that for my 7th and 8th graders and could really use a starting point.
     
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    The project sounds like a lot of fun. It also sounds like a good amount of work, depending on how much detail is involved. I like the cost idea as another factor.
     

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