Building My Dream House...

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Lesson Plan Details
6- 45 minute classes
The students will use spreadsheet to calculate measurements for scale drawings. The students will use Google sketch-up to draw a scale model of their dream home. The students will present their final project to the class.
Microsoft Spreadsheet, Google Sketch-up 8, Edmodo, Voice Thread, PowerPoint, Digital Story Telling, Comic Life Dropboxes, student lap-tops 1 to 1

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to  teach the necessary vocabulary for the unit.

Scale , Scale Model, Scale Factor, Scale Drawing,  and Proportion. Teach the students the difference between an actual measurement and a scale measurement.  Decide on the parameters of your project.

The student will be allowed 1 class period to explore using google sketch-up.

The teacher will show pictures of various famous people to the class.

The teacher will pre-create an example spreadsheet to use as a demonstration of how to set up their spreadsheet. The formulas will be included.

The teacher will create an example of the paper/pencil sketch of a dream house. The labels included.

The teacher will show the you-tube tutorial to the class.

The teacher will demonstrate how to draw the house to scale while using.

The teacher will provide the students a sample google sketch-up project and demonstrate it to the whole class.

The teacher will have set up a dropbox and explained to the students how to use it.

The teacher will have downloaded google sketchup and microsoft Excell on the student lap tops.

The teacher will have Edmodo accounts for all students and previosly used the program in class.


In this lesson, the teacher will...explain the parameters for the Dream House. This computer house must have a least 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 garage, 1 family room, 1- kitchen, 1 porch, 1- roof, 2- doors, and 4 windows. Each room needs to have 3 furnishings. roughly sketch out the house on a piece of graph paper. Determine the actual dimensions of the house. Each line needs to be labeled in feet and with a letter of the alphabet - Example A-20ft. These dimensions will be used later for the spreadsheet activity.

The students will peer share their paper pencil sketches. They will look to be sure all of the elements have been included as well as correct labeling. Then, they will share with the other student any changes that might be nessessary.

The teacher will teach students how to set up the spreadsheet to calculate the measurements from the actual fee to the scale factor of  1 foot = 2 inches

Label Actual  Scale Scale Drawing  
  Measure (ft)      
A 20 2 10  
B 40 2 20 Scale 1 ft = 2in
C 10 2 5  
D 6 2 3  
E 8.5 2 4.25  
F     0  
G     0  

The teacher will introduce google sketchup by showing the Google Sketch-up tutorial. The students will spend a class period creating a school with the program.

The teacher will have a student demonstrate how to draw to scale using Sketch-up.

The students will draw a scale model of their dreamhouse. They will label their drawing with the scale information that was calculated during the spreadsheet activity. The students will use the information from their drawing to create a scale drawing of their Dream House on Google Sketch-up.The students will build the homes to scale. It is important that they know they are not allowed to download pre-made homes. They need to look like their drawings.

The students need to build the house first.  Then decorate and paint it. Any student finished with the project may add sound to the project. Remond them to check the back of their house. They are working in 3 dimenions.

The students will present their final project to the class.

The project will be turned in electronically via a dropbox.

During the presentations the audience (rest of the class) will discuss positve comments  about the project via Edmodo.


The paper sketches will include the required elements. They will be labled correctly. The information presented will be accurate.

The students spreadsheets will have the correct formulas written. The measurements will be correct and the conversions to scale will be correct.

The Sketchup activity will be to scale and accurate.

The students will be able to explain to someone else the difference between  actual measurement and a scale measurement.

The final project will demonstrate to the class their overall knowledge of scale drawings.

An exended project is to have the students design a scale model of a Bicycle Moto Cross Track. This class has already completed the BMX Project that was posted.

Follow up extra credit. Research information the steps needed to earn a degree in Archicture or Design. Present the information gained in a PowerPoint, Voice Thread, Digital Story or Comic Life.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
1C. Develop or apply models and simulations to explore complex systems, issues and trends.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4A. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR1A. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
CR3A. Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.
CR4A. Maintain regular attendance and be on time.
CR3B. Listen attentively and summarize key elements of verbal and non-verbal communication.
CR3C Give and receive feedback in a positive manner.
CR3F. Speak clearly, accurately and in a manner appropriate for the intended audience when giving oral instructions, technical reports and business communications.
Employment Foundations: 
CR5A. Apply academic knowledge and technical skills in a career context.
CR5B. Select, apply, and maintain tools and technologies appropriate for the workplace.
CR5C. Identify parts of organizations and systems and how they fit together.