WebQuest: Finding Area
Intro: Why do we need to find the area of a figure? When will you use this skill in life? Well, if you have plans on moving out of your parents' house when you grow up and have your own place, you'd be surprised how often you find the area of things! Imagine having your very first house or apartment, and your new bedroom doesn't look as nice as you'd like it to. A fresh coat of paint using your favorite color will probably make it look great. The only problem is, how much paint do you need? Well, since you want to COVER the walls in paint, you need to calculate the total AREA of the walls. While you're at it, don't forget tho paint the ceiling too!
Task: Working with a team of peers, you will be responsible for a home renovation! Your team will create a name for your contracting company and become the experts in home remodels. You will have a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom to remodel. Using the dimensions of the rooms provided, it will be your job to identify the amount of various supplies needed to complete the job. These supplies may include paint, tile, flooring, counter-tops, sheetrock, and window treatments. Then you will price out the materials and create a proposal for the home renovation!
- After being placed into teams of 4 or 5 students, create a name for your home remodeling company .
- Review as a team how to find the area of a rectangle and square.
- Assign each member of the team one of the rooms. They will serve as the lead designer for that room.
- Using the provided worksheets, print out the worksheet for your room and identify the the square footage (area) for what is listed. This may include the walls, floor, ceiling, countertop, backsplash, windows, etc.
- After identifying the square footage of items in your room, print out the materials list to plan your renovation. Determine how many square feet will be painted, carpeted, tiled, etc.
- Shop for your items... using the websites provided or the materials pricing sheet available, determine how many cans of paint you'll need, cases of tile, yards of fabric, etc.
- Develop your proposal - using the proposal sheet, list the supplies you will be using, quantity needed, and the cost. Using the provided labor rate chart, determine how much it will cost to do the actual work, and an overall cost of the project.
- Graphic Design - create a model of the room you have planned - this can be a simple drawing on paper to an elaborate 3-D model.