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Fantasy Bedroom

School: Shutesbury Elementary School

City/State: Shutesbury, MA

Grade(s): 5, 6

Format(s): Blueprint

Subject(s): Mathematics, Visual Arts

Project Overview

These two blueprints of fantasy (ideal) bedroom were created by a 5th/6th grade student at the Shutesbury Elementary School in Shutesbury, Massachusetts as part of an extensive exploration of architecture. The images shown here are two different perspectives of the same bedroom design: the first is in ½ inch scale of one section of the bedroom suite and the second is a ¼ inch scale of the entire bedroom suite.

Students used standard architectural scales and followed professional blueprint creation techniques. They worked with professional architects, getting regular critique on the drafts of their work. This student’s work combines architectural features with interior design elements such as furniture, color and other details.

This is a highly engaging project for students that involves their imagination, creativity craftsmanship and understanding of architectural design, as well as math skills

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Exemplifies a high standard of craftsmanship. Notice the corresponding details between the two scales. This student carefully transferred color, shape and form from the smaller to closer-up version. In particular, notice the electronic equipment, the fish in the tank and the placement of the pool table on the rug in each blueprint.
  • Highlights a project that integrates math.
  • Good balance of creative individuality in the assignment with clear common standards for accuracy.
  • Highly engaging idea: most students are immediately motivated to create their own after viewing this model.
  • Highlights exemplary work done through several rounds of critique and revision.

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can represent the context of the measurement word problem using a variety of models.
  • I can solve word problems using ratio and rate reasoning.
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