Does Your House Measure Up?
A Great Assessment
1. Students will demonstrate their ability to first
draw a simple square 6X6 house on one inch
grid paper with a 1X3 door and two 1X1
2. Students may also extend the lesson by
drawing the same house in a group using a
; An overhead transparency of one inch grid
; One yardstick per group of students
; Three colors of sidewalk chalk for each
; A one inch grid sheet for each child
; A ruler for each student
; One sheet of story paper for each student
1. The students will need to understand the
concept that 12 inches equal 1 foot and that 3
feet equal one yard.
2. The students will need to have an
understanding of what a square and rectangle
look like and be able to reproduce them. 3. The students will need to understand how to
use a ruler with or without a leading edge.
1. Tell the students that today they are all going
to become architects and are going to design a
house as part of a class neighborhood.
2. Give each student a sheet of one inch grid
paper and have them draw a 6X6 square. This
is the house’s frame. Model on the overhead.
3. Next, have them draw a door in their house that
is 3 squares tall and 1 square wide. Again,
model on the overhead.
4. Finally, have them draw two 1X1 windows on
their house. Model on overhead. They may
draw a roof of their choice.
1. Take the class out to the blacktop to draw our
neighborhood. Divide the class into groups.
Give each team three colors of sidewalk chalk
and a yardstick.
2. Using their plans, they are to draw a house that
has a 6ft.X6ft. frame, a 3ft.X3ft. door, and two
1ft.X1ft. windows. They may draw any type of
roof they like and decorate it in anyway.
3. As students finish their houses, have them
walk through their new neighborhood
observing each other’s homes.
Have students write a make-believe story about their new neighbors and neighborhood. Share.