Sheppard (William) Middle School,
Alum Rock Union School District
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Students will create a scaled blue print of a building with multiple window in Phase 1 of the project, and in Phase 2 they will create the cardboard model of the building.
Students will create a blueprint of a building with multiple windows (Phase 1)with the maximum amount of lighting using a standard shoebox. The building with be pleasing to the eye, utalizing the most amount of natural and artificial light. The windows/sky lights can be of any shape or size but the building must have a solid, stable structure. Students can use various materials on the interior walls to create a sound structure. This could include popsicle sticks or other beam-like structures to enforce the building.
Phase 1 of the Lesson:
1) Use a metric ruler to measure each side of the show box. 2) Draw each side of the show box on the graph paper
3) Create a ratio if they scale the drawing down to a smaller side (example: 2 to 1 ratio) 4) Use a protractor or compass to create windows that have an eclipse shape. 5) Calculate the area of the walls and windows using w x l and circumference as needed
In Phase 1 of this lesson students will need:
A pencil, large eraser, 1-2 pieces of graph paper (or they must scale the show box indicating it on the blueprint) , ruler, protractor, compass (optional)
Anticipatory Set (Lead-in):
Show students examples of blue prints on the promethean board
Lesson Plan Procedure:
1. Measure the showbox (each side) and calculate the area
2. Transfer that information on to the graph paper, including the roof and the floor.
3. Create as many windows on the graphy paper as they can, using the space that they have for each wall, including the roof (but not the floor).
4. Students may slant the roof when they construct the building to maximize sunlight (natural and artificial).
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):
Have a few student share their blueprints from a document reader on to a screen, smart board etc.
Assessments & notes
Plan for Independent Practice:
Students create blueprints by transferring measurements of the shoebox to the graph paper. If only using one piece of graph paper, students must create a ratio to scale the drawing down to a smaller size
Assessment Based on Objectives:
Project-based assessment which will include both Phase 1 and 2 of the model (blue prints and construction of the showbox building)
Possible Connections to Other Subjects:
Light efficiency of the building trades (science )
Design (art form using geometric shapes)
Adaptations & Extensions:
Students that have more proficient math skills will be encouraged to scale their drawing for additional points, and for those who are struggling with mathematics need individual guided instruction. Some students may choose to use as much graph paper needed for accuracy (scaled drawings are optional)
Check drawings for accuracy before they begin creating windows for their building model.