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Grade 8 : Yard Project

Instructional Design: Dale Rurka & Paul Davies

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
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ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

General Outcomes:
-Measurements, patterns and procedures involving areas, perimeters, and procedures.

Essential Questions:
1. How can you calculate the areas of squares, rectangles and triangles.
2. To represent these area measurements as a scale drawing.

Students will know:
Understanding of the mathematical formulas for computing area measurements
-Understanding of scale drawings

Students will be able to:
-Make a blueprint drawing of a yard with structures placed on the drawing to scale.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You have been hired to design your dream home on a specified lot. How much sod must you purchase and what is the cost?

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)

Self Assessment

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Class preparation:
-Introduce project using overhead
-Handout project outline to students
-Review area calculations
-Brainstorm ideas of what structures can be placed on the lot
-Make a rough draft on paper

Lab work:
Show sample:
-Point out that they will need: title, a legend, two tables (legend and area calculations) and scaled yard.
Set up blue print:
-AppleWorks 6<Drawing program
-Format<Document. Change page across and down to 2. Observe that when you go to Window<Page view, you see how these pages will be printed. Make sure your tables are not being cut off.
-Format<Rulers<Ruler Settings. Choose centimetres.
Table Basics
-Open Toolbox. Use Table Tool (it looks like a window)
-Start with 2 columns and 10 rows.
-Table<Insert or delete cells
-Go to page view sometimes to make sure your tables are not on separate pages.
Fill effects
-Do not bother with colours as you are printing in black and white.
-Review how to make shapes, use shift for circle and square.
-Add Fill from tool box
-Get exact measurement of objects by going to Options<Object Size
-Create a Text box. Type in measurement. Move box  to correct location.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)

Student Support Poster.cwk
AppleWorks File StudentSupportPoster.pdfPDF File        


Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need AppleWorks installed on your computer to view.


 Last Modified: 27 November,2003