**Effective Use of Living Space**

William L. Brown Parkside Community Academy

6938 South East End

Chgo., Il. 60649

(312)-535-0940 or 0941

**Objectives**:

Students will be able to measure the area of a room.

Students will be able to measure various objects in this room.

Students will be able to place scale model furniture in a room and

determine the area occupied.

Students will be able to calculate the percentage of space used.

**Materials needed**:

Students will need a yardstick, scissors, glue, scrap paper, quad paper and

pencil.

**Strategy**:

Students will use the yardstick and measure the length and width of the room,

table, teacher's desk and cabinets.

Instructor will pass out sheets of paper containing shapes resembling living

room furniture that has been drawn to scale. The students will place certain

pieces on the quad paper and measure the area occupied by the furniture.

Students will determine the amount of the space used and compare it to the total

amount of space available and calculate percentage.

**Conclusions**:

Students will find that they are able to place furniture in a room with the use

of scale model drawings.

Students' understanding of length, width and area will be reinforced.

Students will find that the actual amount of space they can effectively use will

be less than fifty per cent.

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