Making Homes Part 1 with Sarah McGough

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Learning Objectives

In Making Homes, Part 1 with Sarah McGough:


NGS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.3 : Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. e.g., Find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.

Guiding ideas for Making Homes, Part 1

How multiplication and area are related?

Math is needed to construct all buildings and measuring the area and perimeter of shapes are its tools.

Student activities in Making Homes, Part 1

Blueprint: Design your home’s foundation, with the teacher’s help, by drafting the area and perimeters in your plot of land. Peer review each other’s work before entering the Home Prototype World.

Developing a Prototype: 

To begin Making Homes in Minecraft, find the area of the building plot in Minecraft that is 10 meters by 10 meters. Then, build a foundation consisting of two rectangles, find the area of each and then find the total area. you can show work of measurements with slates and pictures taken with the in-game camera. Finally, measure and build a perimeter on top of your foundation.


1. What is a unit square and how can I prove it? 1×1=1 2. How can math help you build a home? 3. How is perimeter different from the area?

Performance expectations 

  • Depth of Knowledge 3 The student completed four out of the six listed above
  • Depth of Knowledge 2 The student completed three out of the six listed above
  • Depth of Knowledge 1 The student completed two out of the six listed above


  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

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