Two of the pigs in the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs made some
serious mistakes when constructing their homes. Students can
help out those pigs by designing a stronger and more efficient
house of logs or straw.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Large poster paper
- A ruler
- Pencils, markers, crayons
- Copies of floor plans from home magazines
- The Kid Cad software program by Davidson (optional)
WHAT TO DO
- Have students work in small groups to design their homes. Have
each group brainstorm the type of home they would like to build,
deciding on details such as how many rooms, windows, and doors
it will have.
- Have students draw a floor plan. Provide them with copies of
sample floor plans. These can be found in many home magazines,
such as Better Homes and Gardens. If Kid Cad
(Davidson) is available, students will have
fun using it to design their floor plan. Also, if any of the
students, parents are in the home construction trade, you might
want to ask them to come in and talk to the class about building
- Give each group fictitious money to work with. This is their
budget. (The amount will depend on cost estimates of building
materials in your area.) Then have students figure out the costs
of items such as windows, doors, bathrooms, etc., using home
building store circulars and/or calling or visiting home building
stores in the area. After calculating costs,
students may find that they have to revise their original plans.
- Have students draw a final picture of their floor plan (or
blueprints), labeling each area and item included in the house.
Have them attach an itemized costs list to their plans.
- Have students draw a picture or make a model of the finished
house. Then set aside plenty of time for each group to present
their homes to the rest of the class. Parents may also enjoy this
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