Tried It Tuesday! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Tried It Tuesday!

I am so excited to be linking up with Holly's FIRST EVER Tried It Tuesday Linky!!

This is one I'll definitely be consistently linking up to! :) The rules are to write about anything you have tried and describe what worked (and maybe what didn't).

This week, we are wrapping up area and perimeter, so I used Blair Turner's Dream House Project for a culminating activity! It's a freebie she shared with us on All Things Upper Elementary!
The students designed their dream home by drawing the floor plan. They had to label and color each room, then find the area of each room. Once they found the area of all of their rooms, they added them together to find the total area of their house! Because I wanted my kiddos to get some practice with perimeter, too, I added an extra "direction" to it. They had to find the total perimeter of their house as well. They had such a great time designing, and then sharing, their houses! They certainly got creative!! Check some of them out below.

He has a Basketball room, an XBox, PS3, Wii room, and a Candy room!!

She has a pool, cat house, dog house, AND a backyard in the middle of her house! :-P

The only thing I might do differently is to limit the number of rooms they can have. It took me quite a while to actually go through and check them. (Am I admitting that I'm a lazy teacher??)

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to link up with Workshop Wednesday!! Tell us all about your favorite mentor texts you use to teach author's craft!


  1. This is such a cute idea. I'm sure your kids had a great time planning out their dream homes! Now my wheels are turning about how I can use this with fractional values!


  2. I just downloaded this freebie last week too! I can't wait to try it with my kiddos soon.

    Can't wait for tomorrow's workshop linky!

    Joy in the Journey

  3. This is such a wonderful idea! Students will love it and the "big test" always has more challenging area or perimeter questions on it. You are right, they would be a pain to check each paper with all those rooms! I might have my students trade with a partner and have their partner "check" the math. that being lazy? haha! They are still working on skills, right?
    Thank you so much for linking up, friend:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper
    P.S. I will be back tomorrow for Workshop Wednesday!

  4. This looks like so much fun!

    I really like Holly's idea for partners checking work - it gives everyone a little extra practice. :)

  5. I still remember doing this activity from elementary school myself! We then had to build models of our houses....I totally wanted to be an architect for a hot minute after that! ;)

    Teaching Maddeness

  6. my third graders loved creating their dream home! Fun activity to supplement our area and perimeter unit. Thanks for sharing!


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