Building a Better Home for the Three Little Pigs
Created By: Marilyn Cimino, Dr.Howard Elementary School (Champaign, IL)
Grade Level: 4th
Content Area: Math/Art
Length of Time: Two 45 to 60 minute periods
Lesson Plan Objectives
- Students will draw a set
- Students will record measurements
on their blueprints.
- Students will use addition,
subtraction, and multiplication skills to work within their house-building
- Large poster paper
- Pencils, markers, crayons
- Copies of floor plans from
home magazines (e.g., Better Homes and Gardens)
- Home building store circulars
or price list of home building materials
*Prior to doing this lesson,
students should be introduced to the story of The Three Little Pigs.
- Have students work in small
groups to design their homes. Have each group brainstorm the type of
home they would build, deciding on details such as how many rooms, windows,
and doors it will have.
- Have students draw a floor
plan. Provide them with copies of sample floor plans. These can be found
in many home magazines, such as Better Homes and Gardens.
- Give each group a fictitious
amount of money to work with. This is their budget. (The amount will
depend on cost estimates of building materials in your area.) Then have
students figure out the costs of items such as windows, doors, bathrooms,
etc., using home building circulars or price lists. After calculating
costs, students may find that they have to revise their original plans.
- Have students draw a final
picture of their floor plan (or blueprints), labeling each area and
item included in the house. Ask students to take measurements of their
walls, windows, doors, etc. and include those on the blueprints as well.
Have them attach an itemized cost list to their plans
- Have students draw a picture
of the finished house. Then, set aside plenty of time for each group
to present their homes to the rest of the class.
Teacher will check the turned
in material to see that a blueprint, including measurement, and evidence
of using a budget is turned in. Teacher will be circulating as projects
are being created to see that everyone is participating.