Save time
V9 Magic Materials
Curriculum Focus
Browse our resources by your curriculum
Try our FREE Teaching Resources

# Building a Tiny House

Description

For this worksheet, students have to weigh the desire to create a sustainable and environmental sound house, while sticking to a budget. They will have to balance a list of factors, including cost, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal, and will quickly learn that (at least in this case) it’s not possible to have it all, and tradeoffs must be made.

Lesson Structure
• Individual Activity
Curriculum Codes

AC9E4LA11 9

Expand vocabulary by exploring a range of synonyms and antonyms, and using words encountered in a range of sources

AC9E4LY02 9

Listen for key points and information to carry out tasks and contribute to discussions, acknowledging another opinion, linking a response to the topic, and sharing and extending ideas and information

AC9M4N06 9

Develop efficient strategies and use appropriate digital tools for solving problems involving addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division where there is no remainder

AC9M4N08 9

Use mathematical modelling to solve practical problems involving additive and multiplicative situations including financial contexts; formulate the problems using number sentences and choose efficient calculation strategies, using digital tools where appropriate; interpret and communicate solutions in terms of the situation

AC9M4A01 9

Find unknown values in numerical equations involving addition and subtraction, using the properties of numbers and operations

AC9M4M01 9

Interpret unmarked and partial units when measuring and comparing attributes of length, mass, capacity, duration and temperature, using scaled and digital instruments and appropriate units

AC9M4ST01 9

Acquire data for categorical and discrete numerical variables to address a question of interest or purpose using digital tools; represent data using many-to-one pictographs, column graphs and other displays or visualisations; interpret and discuss the information that has been created

AC9TDE4K01 9

Examine design and technologies occupations and factors including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs

AC9TDE4K02 9

Describe how forces and the properties of materials affect function in a product or system

AC9TDE4P01 9

Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and test materials, components, tools, equipment and processes needed to create designed solutions

AC9TDE4P03 9

Select and use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions

AC9S4U04 9

Examine the properties of natural and made materials including fibres, metals, glass and plastics and consider how these properties influence their use

AC9S4H01 9

Examine how people use data to develop scientific explanations

AC9S4H02 9

Consider how people use scientific explanations to meet a need or solve a problem

AC9S4I01 9

Pose questions to explore observed patterns and relationships and make predictions based on observations

AC9S4I02 9

Use provided scaffolds to plan and conduct investigations to answer questions or test predictions, including identifying the elements of fair tests, and considering the safe use of materials and equipment

AC9S4I03 9

Follow procedures to make and record observations, including making formal measurements using familiar scaled instruments and using digital tools as appropriate

AC9S4I04 9

Construct and use representations, including tables, simple column graphs and visual or physical models, to organise data and information, show simple relationships and identify patterns

AC9S4I05 9

Compare findings with those of others, consider if investigations were fair, identify questions for further investigation and draw conclusions

AC9S4I06 9

Write and create texts to communicate findings and ideas for identified purposes and audiences, using scientific vocabulary and digital tools as appropriate

ACELA1498 8.4

Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students’ own texts including vocabulary encountered in research

ACELY1687 8.4

Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information

ACELY1688 8.4

Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coherently

ACMNA076 8.4

Develop efficient mental and written strategies and use appropriate digital technologies for multiplication and for division where there is no remainder

ACMNA080 8.4

Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies

ACMNA082 8.4

Solve word problems by using number sentences involving multiplication or division where there is no remainder

ACMNA083 8.4

Find unknown quantities in number sentences involving addition and subtraction and identify equivalent number sentences involving addition and subtraction

ACMMG290 8.4

Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume

ACMSP096 8.4

Construct suitable data displays, with and without the use of digital technologies, from given or collected data. Include tables, column graphs and picture graphs where one picture can represent many data values

ACTDEK010 8.4

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs

ACTDEK011 8.4

Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a product or system

ACTDEK013 8.4

Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes

ACTDEP016 8.4

Select and use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques and use safe work practices to make designed solutions

ACSSU074 8.4

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use

ACSHE061 8.4

Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships

ACSHE062 8.4

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions

ACSIS064 8.4

With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge

ACSIS065 8.4

With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment

ACSIS066 8.4

Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately

ACSIS216 8.4

Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings

ACSIS069 8.4

Reflect on investigations, including whether a test was fair or not

ACSIS071 8.4

Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations

EN2-9B old

Uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when responding to and composing texts

EN2-1A old

Communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts

MA2-1WM old

Uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas

MA2-2WM old

Selects and uses appropriate mental or written strategies, or technology, to solve problems

MA2-3WM old

Checks the accuracy of a statement and explains the reasoning used

MA2-6NA old

Uses mental and informal written strategies for multiplication and division

MA2-8NA old

Generalises properties of odd and even numbers, generates number patterns, and completes simple number sentences by calculating missing values

MA2-5NA old

Uses mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction involving two-, three-, four- and five-digit numbers

MA2-9MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates lengths, distances and perimeters in metres, centimetres and millimetres, and measures, compares and records temperatures

MA2-10MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates areas using square centimetres and square metres

MA2-11MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates volumes and capacities using litres, millilitres and cubic centimetres

MA2-12MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates the masses of objects using kilograms and grams

MA2-18SP old

Selects appropriate methods to collect data, and constructs, compares, interprets and evaluates data displays, including tables, picture graphs and column graphs

ST2-1WS-S old

Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

ST2-2DP-T old

Selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST2-7MW-T old

Investigates the suitability of natural and processed materials for a range of purposes

ST2-6MW-S old

Describes how adding or removing heat causes a change of state

ST2-4LW-S old

Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

ST2-5LW-T old

Describes how agricultural processes are used to grow plants and raise animals for food, clothing and shelter

ST2-10ES-S old

Investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface

ST2-8PW-ST old

Describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of energy, such as light and heat

ST2-9PW-ST old

Describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

ST2-3DP-T old

Defines problems, describes and follows algorithms to develop solutions

ST2-11DI-T old

Describes how digital systems represent and transmit data

EN2-OLC-01 new

Communicates with familiar audiences for social and learning purposes, by interacting, understanding and presenting

EN2-VOCAB-01 new

Builds knowledge and use of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary through interacting, wide reading and writing, and by defining and analysing words

EN2-RECOM-01 new

Reads and comprehends texts for wide purposes using knowledge of text structures and language, and by monitoring comprehension

MA2-RN-01 new

Applies an understanding of place value and the role of zero to represent numbers to at least tens of thousands

MA2-RN-02 new

Represents and compares decimals up to 2 decimal places using place value

MA2-AR-01 new

Selects and uses mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction involving 2- and 3-digit numbers

MA2-AR-02 new

Completes number sentences involving addition and subtraction by finding missing values

MA2-MR-01 new

Represents and uses the structure of multiplicative relations to 10 × 10 to solve problems

MA2-MR-02 new

Completes number sentences involving multiplication and division by finding missing values

MA2-PF-01 new

Represents and compares halves, quarters, thirds and fifths as lengths on a number line and their related fractions formed by halving (eighths, sixths and tenths)

MA2-GM-01 new

Uses grid maps and directional language to locate positions and follow routes

MA2-GM-02 new

Measures and estimates lengths in metres, centimetres and millimetres

MA2-GM-03 new

Identifies angles and classifies them by comparing to a right angle

MA2-2DS-01 new

Compares two-dimensional shapes and describes their features

MA2-2DS-02 new

Performs transformations by combining and splitting two-dimensional shapes

MA2-2DS-03 new

Estimates, measures and compares areas using square centimetres and square metres

MA2-3DS-01 new

Makes and sketches models and nets of three-dimensional objects including prisms and pyramids

MA2-3DS-02 new

Estimates, measures and compares capacities (internal volumes) using litres, millilitres and volumes using cubic centimetres

MA2-NSM-01 new

Estimates, measures and compares the masses of objects using kilograms and grams

MA2-NSM-02 new

Estimates, measures and compares the masses of objects using kilograms and grams

MA2-DATA-01 new

Collects discrete data and constructs graphs using a given scale

MA2-DATA-02 new

Iinterprets data in tables, dot plots and column graphs

VCELA293

Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources, including vocabulary encountered in research, into own texts

VCELY307

Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and use interaction skills

VCMNA156

Develop efficient mental and written strategies and use appropriate digital technologies for multiplication and for division where there is no remainder

VCMNA162

Solve word problems by using number sentences involving multiplication or division where there is no remainder

VCMNA160

Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies

VCMNA163

Use equivalent number sentences involving addition and subtraction to find unknown quantities

VCMNA164

Define a simple class of problems and solve them using an effective algorithm that involves a short sequence of steps and decisions

VCMMG165

Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures

VCMMG166

Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume

VCMSP179

Construct suitable data displays, with and without the use of digital technologies, from given or collected data. Include tables, column graphs and picture graphs where one picture can represent many data values

VCDSTS023

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability, that impact on the design of solutions to meet community needs

VCDSTC024

Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a designed solution

VCDSTC027

Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes

VCDSCD030

Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to produce designed solutions

VCSSU060

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use

VCSSU056

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions

VCSIS065

With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge

VCSIS067

Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies

VCSIS068

Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations

VCSIS070

Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings

VCSIS071

Reflect on an investigation, including whether a test was fair or not

VCSIS072

Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language

Differentiation

### Modifications

Students who will struggle with the math needed for this worksheet (4 digit addition and subtraction and 2 digit multiplication) can be given a calculator.

### EXTENSIONS

Students who finish the worksheet early can be encouraged to look at real world examples of these decisions by looking up material costs online. For example, they might compare the relative costs and merits of wood vs hardwood, vs composite decking at www.bunnings.com.au.