Tiny House, Big Learning (pp. 18--30)

Shannon O. S. Driskell, Lindsay A. Gold, Dave Herick


The authors introduce the Tiny House Project—an interdisciplinary, problem-based Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activity. The project was designed to promotethe implementation of the Standards of Mathematical Practice (SMP). As 5th graders engaged in theproject, they explored the concepts of floor plans, 2-D shapes, parallel and perpendicular line segments,angles, scale drawings, measurement, perimeter, area, 3-D models (using Planner 5D), and spatial reason-ing. Moreover, they strengthened their problem solving, planning, and designing skills as they connectedmeasurement and geometry to the real-world context of constructing a house.

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Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) (2010). Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Available on-line at http://corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_Math%20Standards.pdf.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) (2000). Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: Author.


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