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Recarpeting the Classroom

Philip Brown
6th grade
Malcolm Bridge Middle School
Oconee County Schools


In this task, students will determine the amount of carpet needed for the classroom using area.

Illustrative Task
Mr. Odom (the principal) has approached me asking what I think about recarpeting some of the classrooms in the school. I told him that our class would be happy to use our math skills to draw a blueprint of the classroom, find the total square footage, and to make a decision about which carpet would be a better deal for the school. You’re task for today is to draw a blueprint of the classroom using the graph paper provided and find the square footage of the room. We will be using these measurements to determine the amount of carpet needed for each room. I am looking for an exact square footage and not an estimate. I expect all members to contribute and be included in the task. For today, it would be preferable to have all measurements in customary units (feet, inches).

GPS Addressed
M6M2. Students will use appropriate units of measure for finding length, perimeter, area and volume and will express each quantity using the appropriate unit.
    b. Select and use units of appropriate size and type to measure length, perimeter, area and volume.
    c. Compare and contrast units of measure for perimeter, area, and volume.
M6G1. Students will further develop their understanding of plane figures.
    d. Interpret and sketch simple scale drawings.
    e. Solve problems involving scale drawings. or today, it would be preferable to have all     measurements in customary units (feet, inches).

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Use these questions to guide your thinking about some of the important teacher ideas in the lesson featured in the video clip.
  1. What kinds of questions does the teacher ask to promote students’ problem solving?
  2. How is the teacher gauging students’ current understandings and building from those understandings?
  3. Consider the GPS standards listed with this video.
  4. What makes this lesson different from lessons you have taught on this topic?

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