Dorm Room Project 7th Grade

Dorm Room Project by Kim Moore

dormroom

Students participate in a project where they design their own dorm room.  They also are given a budget to buy items such as bedding and decorations to bring to personalize their room.

Below is a list of all you should need for the project.

Overview of Project

Scoring Guide

Shopping Spree

Dorm Room Dimensions

Chart and Graph

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Specific Seventh Grade TEKS Addressed:

(7.3) Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking. The student solves problems involving direct proportional relationships. The student is expected to

(A) estimate and find solutions to application problems involving percent; and Readiness Standard

(7.2) Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning. The student adds, subtracts, multiplies, or divides to solve problems and justify solutions. The student is expected to

(B) use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve problems involving fractions and decimals; Readiness Standard

Financial Literacy TEKS Addressed:

Seventh Grade:

13 (A)  calculate the sales tax for a given purchase and calculate income tax for earned wages;

(F)  analyze and compare monetary incentives, including sales, rebates, and coupons.

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Extreme Makeover: Aquarium Edition

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TEKS:

Grade Six:

(3)  Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking. The student solves problems involving direct proportional relationships. The student is expected to:

(A)  use ratios to describe proportional situations;

(B)  represent ratios and percents with concrete models, fractions, and decimals; and

(C)  use ratios to make predictions in proportional situations.

Grade Seven:

(3)  Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking. The student solves problems involving direct proportional relationships. The student is expected to:

(B)  estimate and find solutions to application problems involving proportional relationships such as similarity, scaling, unit costs, and related measurement units.

(9)  Measurement. The student solves application problems involving estimation and measurement. The student is expected to:

(A)  estimate measurements and solve application problems involving length (including perimeter and circumference) and area of polygons and other shapes;

Grade Eight:

(3)  Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking. The student identifies proportional or non-proportional linear relationships in problem situations and solves problems. The student is expected to:

(B)  estimate and find solutions to application problems involving percents and other proportional relationships such as similarity and rates.

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Timeline: 2-3 days

Instructional Focus: Ratio and Proportion, Scaled Drawing and Measurement

Hook:  Texas State Aquarium Video

Driving Question(s):

What are ratios and proportions?  How are they used to create scaled drawings in architecture?  How do you find the area of two dimensional figures including rectangles, trapezoids, shapes and composite figures?

Challenge Brief Details:

You are to design an Aquarium floor plan.  Include the pools, tanks, and other displays listed, plus any that you personally want to add. Arrange all the tanks against the walls. The circular pools or tanks need to be placed in the middle of the floor plan.

Problem Requirements:

Materials:

Supporting Materials:

Rubrics:

This rubric will be shared with students at the beginning of the activity.  The teacher will refer to the criteria as they facilitate the students working through this problem.

Here is the Extreme Makeover Scoring Rubric

 

 

Getting the Most Out of Your Mathematics Chart 7th Grade

In this activity, students create a geometry booklet using formulas from the Mathematics chart.

Teacher Guidelines and Project Idea

Cover Page

Circle Formulas

Perimeter Formulas

Area Formulas

Volume Formulas

Formula Chart Jigsaw

 

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Specific Seventh Grade TEKS Addressed:

(9) Measurement. The student solves application problems involving estimation and measurement. The student is expected to:

(A) estimate measurements and solve application problems involving length (including perimeter and circumference) and area of polygons and other shapes;

(B) connect models for volume of prisms (triangular and rectangular) and cylinders to formulas of prisms (triangular and rectangular) and cylinders; and

(C) estimate measurements and solve application problems involving volume of prisms (rectangular and triangular) and cylinders.

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty by Eugene Alvarez

This is an interdisciplinary lesson on the story of the Statue of Liberty.

Timeline: 2-3 days

Instructional Focus:  Measurement, Average, Proportion and Scaling (Grade 7)

Hook:

    • The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy and Giulio Maestro.
    • Video of the book being read

Driving Question:  How do I research information I do not know?  How do I measure height of a person accurately?  How do I find average/mean?  How can I use proportions to find the answer to a problem that I cannot physically measure?

Challenge Brief:  In this investigation, you will determine about how many 7th graders it will take, if stacked on top of each other, to be as tall as the Statue of liberty.  In order to do this assignment, you will need to identify the height of the statue and find the height of the ‘typical 7th grader’ by finding the mean height of the class.

Problem Requirements:

  1. Identify height of statue.
  2. As a group, measure and record heights for each student in class.
  3. Calculate the mean height of a ‘typical 7th grader.’
  4.  Using this information, ratios, and proportions to determine how many 7th graders it would take to reach the height of the actual statue.
  5. Students would turn in findings with all work related to solving the problem.
  6. Extension: Using scaling, determine dimension to create a proportionally small model of the statue. Possibly construct or draw it.

Note:  This problem can be adapted for any grade level with adaptations for age appropriateness and ability.

Rubric & TEKS

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TEKS

  • use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve problems involving fractions and decimals;[7.2B]
  • estimate and find solutions to application problems involving proportional relationships such as similarity, scaling, unit costs, and related measurement units.[7.3B]
  • use geometric concepts and properties to solve problems in fields such as art and architecture.[7.8C]
  • estimate measurements and solve application problems involving length (including perimeter and circumference) and area of polygons and other shapes;[7.9A
  • describe a set of data using mean, median, mode, and range[7.12A]
  • identify and apply mathematics to everyday experiences, to activities in and outside of school, with other disciplines, and with other mathematical topics;[7.13A
  • use a problem-solving model that incorporates understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness;[7.13B]
  • select tools such as real objects, manipulatives, paper / pencil, and technology or techniques such as mental math, estimation, and number sense to solve problems.[7.13D]

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Designing Town Square 7th Grade

In this project, students will act as an architect by designing a town square given different shapes.

All you need for this project is below.

Teacher Directions

Designing Town Square Student Guidelines

Shape Template

Designing Town Square Scoring Guide

 

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TEKS:

(7.3) Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking. The student solves problems involving direct proportional relationships. The student is expected to

(B) estimate and find solutions to application problems involving proportional relationships such as similarity, scaling, unit costs, and related measurement units.

(7.8) Geometry and spatial reasoning. The student uses geometry to model and describe the physical world.

(C) use geometric concepts and properties to solve problems in fields such as art and architecture.

(7.9) Measurement. The student solves application problems involving estimation and measurement. The student is expected to

(A) estimate measurements and solve application problems involving length (including perimeter and circumference) and area of polygons and other shapes

 

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