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A calibrated strip for measuring plane surfaces.
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The lesson plan suggests time allotment; provides an overview; indicates subject matter; cites learning objectives; addresses standards and Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE) components; notes materials needed; describes preparation time for teachers; presents an introductory activity, a learning activity, and a culminating activity; discusses evaluation/teacher reflection; suggests cross-curricular extensions and community connections, and contains a "Houses in Books" resource list, scale figures information, a scale ruler, and character type information.
The materials, methods and terminology of residential construction; Reading blueprints and understanding scale rulers, site plans and topography; Understanding new home contracts, legal and monetary issues;
Older children are introduced to scale rulers and learn to transfer measurements they make of real spaces around them into scale sizes that will match their classmates' drawings.