Lesson Plan

My Own Apartment

Practice converting between fractions, decimals and percent.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
My Subjects Math, Science

Students will be able to convert between fractions, decimals, and percent. 

Students will be able to use geometry to create their own apartment. 

Grades 5 - 6
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

Log in to Discovery Education and use the video Example 1: Subdividing Shapes - Homes and Gardens to introduce the concept of using compound shapes in home and garden design. 

Explain to students that they will use some of these concepts to design an apartment. 

Ask: "What aspects of the video might help you in your design?'

Student Instructions

Students will watch the video and think about how some of the ideas presented might help them to design their own apartment. 

2 Guided Instruction

The teacher will split the class into groups of 2 or 4 students depending on the iPad availability.  It is possible for students to work alone if needed. 

The teacher will use the Explain Everything App to house the lesson templates and help students compile their work into a video.  Each group will start with the same template. 

Say: "Just like in the video, you will subdivide shapes to create your own apartment.  Work with your partners to create a blue print that meets the guidelines on Slide 2.  Use the 20 x 20 graph paper on Slide 3 to split into 4 room of different dimensions.  Not all of your rooms have to be square."

Slide 1- Title 

Students will fill in their names, date, math teacher's name, and class period. 

Slide 2 - The Problem

You will work with your group to design a studio apartment.  A studio apartment is an open concept apartment without any rooms. These are the stipulations:

  1. The apartment has to be 400 sq.ft.
  2. There must be a designated area for a bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. 
  3. All of the space in the apartment has to be used in one of the four rooms. 
  4. You will use the graph paper sheet and design your apartment on the sheet using your iPad.

Slide 3 - The Plan

Place a 20 x 20 grid is on this slide.

Student Instructions

Students will fill out the information on Slide 1 and read through the information on Slide 2.  They will seek clarification on the directions if needed before beginning the plan. 

The groups will talk over how they want to design the apartment and use the pin tool in Explain Everything to draw the plan on the template on Slide 3. 

3 Direct Instruction

Before moving onto the next slide, explain to the students that they will be converting between fractions, decimals, and percent to describe the area of each room.  To help students review this process, use the Discovery Education video: Comparing_Fractions_Decimals_and_Percents

**The streaming capability on Discovery Education may involve paying for a subscription. 

Student Instructions

Students will view the video and ask clarifying questions about converting between the three types of rational numbers. 

4 Independent Practice

Have the students work through the next four slides filling in the area for each room and writing the area as a fraction out of the whole apartment's area, a decimal, and a percent. When they have each completed a slide they can transfer their calculations onto the chart on Slide 8. 

**Although not a reviewed app on Graphite, students can use the Calculator App on the iPad to help them convert. 

Slide 4- The Living Room

Number of Square Feet:

Fraction of the Whole:



Slide 5- The Bedroom

Number of Square Feet:

Fraction of the Whole:



Slide 6- The Bathroom

Number of Square Feet:

Fraction of the Whole:



Slide 7- The Kitchen

Number of Square Feet:

Fraction of the Whole:



Slide 8: The Chart


Number of Square Feet




Living Room





















400 sq.ft.




Student Instructions

Students will each take one room to practice converting between fractions, decimal, and percent. 

After completing each room they will transfer their calculations onto the chart on Slide 8. They need to check that each of the sums adds to the total provided.  If they notice a discrepancy, they can fix it at this time. 

5 Wrap Up

Have the students use the microphone recorder in Explain Everything to answer the questions on Slide 9.

Slide 9 - Your Reflection

  1. What do you think about this project?
  2. What did you find difficult? 
  3. What did you learn about converting rational numbers and designing an apartment?

**If you use Edmodo as your learning management platform, you will need to create an assignment in Edmodo titled - My Own Apartment and assign it to your students. 

Student Instructions

Students will use the microphone recorder in Explain Everything to answer the questions on Slide 9. 

Students will export their project and can use Edmodo or another learning management platform to turn it into their teacher.  If students have the ability to email you the video, they may do so. 

Steps for Exporting:

  1. Press the Film Icon in the bottom right corner. 
  2. Choose MORE.
  3. Choose the Project button.
  4. Choose MORE in the bottom right corner.
  5. Choose Mp4 Open in...Name the project - My Apartment - Last Names
  6. Choose OK.
  7. Choose Edmodo. 
  8. Choose Attach to Assignment, Turn in with Assignment
  9. Choose the Assignment: My Own Apartnment.
  10. Type both all of your group member names in the body of the assignment and hit Attach.