Doghouses, Doors & Design
By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, September 21, 2006
- Elementary School
- Language Arts
One fifty-minute class period, one homework assignment
In this activity, students will engage in active problem solving as they create a design for a doghouse. They will work in collaborative groups, explore numerical problems, and explain the strategies they used to solve design problems.
Standard 1. Level I. Uses a variety of strategies in the problem-solving process 1. Draws pictures to represent problems 2. Uses discussions with teachers and other students to understand problems 3. Explains to others how she or he went about solving a numerical problem Standard 2. Level I. Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of the concepts of numbers 3. Understands symbolic, concrete, and pictorial representations of numbers (e.g., written numerals, objects in sets, number lines)
Language Arts" Listening and Speaking
Level I: Standard 8. Level I. Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes 1. Makes contributions in class and group discussions (e.g., reports on ideas and personal knowledge about a topic, initiates conversations, connects ideas and experiences with those of others) 2. Asks and responds to questions (e.g., about the meaning of a story, about the meaning of words or ideas)
Students will do the following:
- use varied strategies to solve a design problem involving numbers
- explain their strategies to an audience
- Doghouses (Google image search)
"Pet House Design" handout
- computer with Internet access
Building Background Door Adventures & ObservationsThe purpose of this activity is to increase students' awareness of design variations in common objects in their environment. 1. Ask the students to discuss the following prompts:
- Why do rooms have doors?
- What are doors made of?
- How many kinds of doors can you think of?
Steps for Learning Pet House Design1. Show the students three pictures of floor plans at the following links, and ask them to locate the doors in each:
Teacher Note: You may wish to complete the reflection component with your students.-Rate your doghouse design. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate your creativity. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate how well you explained your thinking to your classmates. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate how well you shared your ideas with your classmates. Excellent Good Adequate Poor