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Problem Solving Lesson Plan 9

Kate Dunning and Samantha Krueger ED381

 Problem Solving/Holistic Lesson Plan 

Building a Dream House 

Grade Level: 10th Grade Geometry

Aim: Students will experience a project and to use tools that are directly related to geometry and other areas of study.

Goal: Students will learn how to use basic geometry and calculation skills to design their dream house.


Cognitive - Students will use calculation to design the home and estimate the price within a budget of $150,000.

Affective - Students will improve necessary interpersonal skills when working with a partner when researching product prices and materials' availability. This portion of the exercise might require phone conversations with stores and companies.  Students will develop their house according to their dreams,  desires, imaginations.

Physical - Students will improve their skilled movements by using drafting skills to design their house and document it on graph paper.

 Project Statement: You have just won $120,000 and you can finally build that dream house you’ve always wanted.  Design your dream house adhering to the conditions and parameters specified.

 Problem Conditions:

  • Students will draw their dream house to scale on graph paper.

  • Students will present their project neatly

  • Students will include an expenditure sheet with their project (use estimation when needed).

  • The assignment will be worth 45 points of the student’s final grade.

  • The assignment will be due on _______

Problem Parameters:

  • The student’s costs for the dream house cannot exceed $150,000.

  • The student’s scaled drawing cannot exceed 2000 square feet. (The graph paper will help you keep track of this.)

  • The student cannot use graph paper that exceeds 19x24.

  • The student cannot use more than three sheets of graph paper (upstairs, downstairs, basement if finished).

  Process Skills: The following skills will be demonstrated:

  • The ability to use their own creativity and imagination.

  • The ability to use their own knowledge of geometry.

  • The ability to use their own skills of drafting, designing, and architectural planning.

  • The ability to use their interpersonal skills to research and estimate prices.

  • The ability to use their skills of budgeting and calculating.

  • The ability to work with ratios, geometry, and their own spatial skills.

 *Note: This would be given as a project for the second nine weeks of class after we have covered some basic geometric principles.  It would be an out-of-class project.  We will allow partners, but no more than two students per group.  We left the parameters and conditions fairly vague so that we don’t hinder the students' creativity.  We have to put some limits so that we get acceptable results and to provide a framework for grading projects.

Evaluation Form: Rubric for Grading

 Problem: You have just won $150,000 and you can finally build that dream house you’ve always wanted.  Design your dream house adhering to the conditions and parameters specified.          


    1. Drawn to scale and on graph paper        yes___    no___

    2. Expenditure sheet attached                    yes___    no___

    3. Neatness (on scale of 1-10)      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10


    1. Costs less than $150,000                yes___    no___

    2. Total area less than 2000 sq. ft.    yes___    no___

    3. Paper is no larger than 19x24 and no more than 3 sheets used      

                                                                         yes___    no___  

Additional Comments:


*Note: We would like the student’s input on the grading of this project.  The criteria that they come up with could be included on this sheet.  What has been stated above are the criteria that must be met.  All of the parameters and conditions must be met.  The parameters will be fairly obvious, but the conditions will be a bit more subjective (such as neatness).  We will allow for the students to redo their projects within a certain time period if they are not satisfied with their grade.