Lesson 4

Tiny House: Design and Solve

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to design and solve problems about a tiny house.

Lesson Narrative

In an earlier unit, students learned about area and perimeter. In this lesson, they apply their understanding of area and perimeter and their creativity to design a tiny house, which is generally a house under 400 square feet. After students design their tiny house (along with the furniture and other details), they write, revise, and answer problems involving area and perimeter that can be answered using their design.

If students need additional support with the concepts in this lesson, refer back to Unit 2, Section B in the curriculum materials.

  • Engagement
  • MLR8

Activity 1: Design a Tiny House

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Apply understanding of area and perimeter to solve problems about design.

Student Facing

  • Let’s design a tiny house.

Required Materials

Required Preparation

Activity 2:

  • Each student needs the tiny house design they created in the previous activity.

CCSS Standards

Building On


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 25 min
Activity 2 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 5 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What patterns did you notice in the designs students created today? What evidence did you see of students using their geometry knowledge to create their design?

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