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Unit 3 Introduction

Unit 3:
How large is this place?

Objectives:
TLW measure and determine actual dimensions of scale drawing. TLW convert units of measurement and apply them to real world applica­tions

Strategy:
Measurement, cooperative grouping

Description of Activity:
This lesson is preceded by continuation of Unit 1. The teacher provides students with a scale drawing of a property and the measurement tools needed for calculations. In cooperative groupings or pairs, learners will measure and determine the actual dimensions of the property. Students will need to be provided with trundle wheels to complete this activity.

If a field trip to the property is planned, the learner can physically measure distances and make comparisons about the precision of the learners’ original measurements.

Unit 3 Work Sheet

How large is this place?

Use the scale drawing provided to measure and determine the size of this plantation. You may use graph paper, measuring tools and your calculator to answer the following questions.

  1. The National Park Service has had some trouble with vandals. To preserve the plantation site, they have decided to fence its perimeter. How much fencing is needed?
  2. Wire and post fencing ($6.50 a yard) will protect the grounds while allowing people to view the grounds from the highway. Prices are at today’s standards. Calculate the cost of fencing materials.
  3. Take a position on NPS’s decision to fence the grounds and justify your choice in a paragraph.
  4. What is the approximate area of the plantation in square feet?
  5. What is the approximate area of the plantation in acres?
    The drawing on the next page was completed by the National Park Service; however, the buildings are not drawn precisely. Approximate the following:
  6. How far is the carriage house from the main house? Explain how you calculated this distance. Use the trundle wheel provided and justify your answer.
  7. Calculate the distance from the cook’s cabin to the main house. If she travels that by foot 5 times a day, how far does she walk?
  8. Give a rationale why the store is located where it is in relation to the river.
  9. Write a paragraph about what you can determine about this plantation from the aerial survey.

Unit 3 Map

A map of Cane River Creole Historical Park Louisiana

A map of Cane River Creole Historical Park Louisiana

Features:
1 Mule Barn
2 Pigeonnier
3 Square Corn Crib and Cistern
4 Overseer’s House
5 Slave/Tenant Quarters and Ruins
6 Doctor’s House (Park Administration)
7 Carriage House
8 Store and Post Office
9 Live Oak Alley
10 Bottle Garden
11 Main House
12 Wash House
13 Poultry Sheds
14 Carpenter Shop
15 Tractor Shed
16 Privy
17 Turkey Shed
18 Cook’s House
19 Seed House (Park Administration)

Ruins:
A 1960’s Cotton Picker Shed
B Gabe Nargot’s Cabin
C Cotton Gin Ruins
D Blacksmith Shop
E Grass Tennis Courts


Linda Easley Roach
*May be copied for educational purposes only and must include footer in reproduction. June, 2002

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